Interview with CW Stokes

What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read romance and suspense. Sometimes I read them together as a whole. I really enjoy Tess Gerritsen, Joanna Lindsey and Patricia Cromwell.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Currently Nook, but thinking of converting to a Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth has been the best. I am participating in more giveaways and tours as I progress through my writing career.
Describe your desk
Mobile - I don't have a stationary desk that I work on, so my laptop and my day planner go with me everywhere. You never know where you might find me scheming my next scene.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town and the atmosphere has seeped into my stories. The names have changed, but those familiar with the town will recognize the similarities.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in 5th grade when I wrote a play for class. It developed from there when my teachers encouraged me to enter Creative Writing for UIL. I didn't place, but the seed was planted.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is a continuation of my first book Second Chances, which released in December 2013. This one will focus on a different member of The Athena Group.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After talking with several traditionally published authors, I decided to go out on my own as it allows me to have more creative control over the entire book, from cover to publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There is immense pleasure in seeing my thoughts and imagination transcend onto the pages and watching the characters come to life for others.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are like family. Each and everyday they help me grow and become a better writer.
What is your writing process?
I am a pantser. I've tried the traditional outlines and synopsis', but my characters don't want to cooperate. So, I sit down and just let the words spill out onto the pages.
Published 2014-02-27.
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