Hearing the words, "I LOVED YOUR BOOK AND COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I define my success by how I have made a positive difference in people's lives. I know I have accomplished this a million times over with the music I have written. Now I am doing the same thing with my books. It takes a lot of courage to be an artist or an author. After months, sometimes even years of work you can count on the fact that there will be those who will criticize and not necessarily be kind about it. I call them the poopoo people and have learned to not allow them to steal my dreams.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are golden. Each and every one of them must be respected and appreciated.
What is your passion?
I once heard that God created humans because God loves a good story. My books are designed to open up the dialogue to discuss our basic human nature and understand that all human beings are a treasure in the eyes of LOVE.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am currently writing my new historical fiction, RUBY. It takes place in the 1800s when the West was full of new adventure and women had to find a way to survive. Ruby is a character who appears in my historical novel, DIAMOND, the second book in "The Gem Series." It includes Wyatt and Josephine Earp, Cripple Creek's Pearl de Vere and the world renown famous brothel sisters, Ada and Minna Everleigh.
What is your writing process?
I write on my computer and my ipad sits on my left for research. Because I write historical fiction historical accuracy is important to me down to the smallest detail. I especially like to write between the hours of 11pm and 9am. This is the time when my fantasy world is uninterrupted with life as usual and I can have the feeling of being in a time machine. My greatest joy is learning something I find fascinating and then figuring out which character is best to experience it so that the reader can also experience it. For instance I learned that in 1918 thousands of people around the world died from the Spanish flu. Therefore I used this information to eliminate one of my characters. Then I imagined the devastation and great loss the character's loved ones experienced.
How do you approach cover design?
I write about women. Therefore I want my reader to WANT TO KNOW the woman on my book cover.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The best technique for marketing my books is one on one communication with women who have large networks. When my books are exposed they sell like wildfire from word of mouth.
When did you first start writing?
I have been a storyteller most of my life. I tell stories with music and books. The biggest difference is that my songs are played over and over whereas my books are read two or three times at the most.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have learned that the book industry is much like the music business. The internet has opened up wonderful opportunities for authors, musicians and songwriters. I like to be in charge of my destiny.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.