I'll be working on the sequel to Revelation next. Genesis elaborates on the little plot points in Revelation, as well as the main event at the end. For example, we'll learn more about Carmen's heritage, how our characters are dealing with the fallout from the abrupt ending, and what Ro's story really is.
What do you read for pleasure?
When I read for pleasure, I read to escape. I want to read something that is so very different from the world we know, because sometimes I despair of our own world. In a science fiction or fantasy novel, the characters in that world have much bigger problems - problems that could change the course of the future for them. They don't struggle with the same pedestrian dilemmas that we do; the apocalypse is always more challenging and difficult to deal with than who the main character's crush is. When I read for pleasure, I do it for exactly that - enjoyment.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could write the alphabet. I loved words, and how they fit together, and how powerful they could be. My first stories were probably littered with mistakes, and that trend has no doubt followed me into adulthood. Still, I haven't ever stopped writing, and I'd encourage anyone who has to give it another go. Just a simple short story, an anecdote from your day, even a joke you thought up. Anything and everything helps, and you might be surprised at how much you actually enjoy it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this affect your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Illinois for the first seven years of my life. I then moved to the suburbs of Saint Louis, Missouri, where I currently reside. As a result, I am comfortable writing scenes in a village or a city, whatever is needed. However, most of my work tends to drift over the pond; I've always had a bit of an infatuation with the British Isles, most likely because my father is from there. Besides, the politics between the five different countries are constantly amusing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like being different. I like making up my own rules. I don't know what exactly defines an indie author, but I'm definitely not a mainstream one. I decide what part of my work is good enough for all of you, and then I let you pass judgement on it. As the actual readers, and not just a giant publishing company, you are actually the most qualified to determine if this story or that novel is to your taste.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'll admit it: I like playing God. I enjoy creating characters, making them do things, deciding who lives or dies, and manipulating the world around them. I am in charge of my story, and that is awesome.
What do your fans mean to you?
Um...is that a trick question? I would be nothing without fans; no author would get anywhere if nobody cared about them. I'm extremely lucky anybody likes my work enough to buy it. Fans are what makes an author; thank you all.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, but I have a hard time remembering what homework I have left. I think it was about a bunny, or a bird...
What is your writing process?
Ha! That's funny! Writing process... Mostly, I just start typing, along with the occasional "What just happened here?"
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My next favourite activity is riding horses. I volunteer out at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch (an offshoot of the Humane Society), and train green horses at a couple other stables. Also, sleep. Sleep is good. I highly recommend it.
Describe your desk
In a word? Cluttered. It's a big black desk, with a hutch on top and lots of little drawers, but somehow I manage to fill up every available centimetre. There's a single rectangular space in the middle, about 14" by 9", for my laptop to squeeze in. Spread around it are piles of papers, books, journals, pens, the odd coin or two; so very disorganized, yet by some miracle I manage to find what I need. I do not highly recommend this method, however. Rumour has it organization is your friend.
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