Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Of Mice and Men. I was in high school. I did not have a passion for reading at all. We had to read this book for class and for some reason I could not take my head out of that book. Although it did not inspire me to continue to read, I do remember it being the first book that actually captured my attention.
The first book that set me on the path to reading continuously was: The Partner by John Grisham. That definitely kick-started my imagination.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't really have any favorite books. If I grab a book and it is interesting, I will look for others by the same author. If it isn't, I will force myself to finish it, but I will always remember that that was not a good book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook and a Kindle. I use them for different purposes, but I do buy books on both.
Describe your desk
Neat. I have to have organization.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago. Chicago is definitely a place of many cultures. There are so many things to do and so many different people. Being exposed to many of them definitely gives you a different aspect of what you see and what others see.
When did you first start writing?
When I was younger. I used to write poems everyday. I have only started writing stories a few years ago.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to tell a story that only you know about. It is not something that you have heard. It is not something that you have seen. It is all of your imagination coming together to tell a story.
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
A Chicago tale. It is dated back in the 90's about teenagers dealing with growing up and trust. It shows how friendships are broken. I am very excited about this one as well.
I also have another one regarding, friendship, love and everyday life. More humor than anything.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full time job, so I am either working or taking care of my family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth or by chance when browsing for something to read.
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