I never dreamed that I would be an author. Although I enjoyed writing school assignments, my time and talents were leaning toward a more visual field of expression.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am flexible in the types of reading material, but sites like GoodReads, Kindle Store and Bookbub send out notices of books available the in genres I like, and I usually go over those emails with interest. Sometimes I'm surprised with books out of my chosen categories and come across a real find!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have to admit that my characters interest me and although they are figments of my imagination, when I sit down to write it is always a surprise to me to see what happens. They don't always do what you expect and I believe it adds to the uncertainty of the outcome of the story. Each person who lives in my books has their own way of reacting to a situation which gives me options from their viewpoint. It's never planned, it's what happens when the pen hits the paper.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having a following for my books gives me such a great feeling of excitement. I'm thrilled to know that what I've put on paper is appreciated not only for the content of the read. Having put in so much time into something that may never see the light of day and then have someone buy it and give positive feedback; it is quite humbling. Even the readers who give my books a less than a shining review are appreciated for taking the time to give an honest opinion. One can always learn from others and authors should listen to their readers.
What are you working on next?
I have another story for a book in which I may use my current characters, or not. It will be another crime scenario taken from a historical episode that had been quieted by the powers that be. There are many interesting episodes that have transpired throughout history of which very little is known and have never been fully investigated.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I've found myself (and my husband) owning a flea market! It has been very much a time consuming project.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was meant to be a children's story but it had so many limitations in the genre that at a certain point I put it down. I may still do a children's book in the future.
How do you approach cover design?
I've found cover design very intimidating. With all the technology that can be used in making a stand-out cover the design needs to be A-1 also. I think I would expect too much from an artist to reflect the story without giving away the gist of the story adequately. I've designed some of my covers and it is a very hard job. I hope that I will learn to work with another artist to do my book covers, without being too critical.
When did you first start writing?
If we're talking about taking it seriously, I can only say that this series "The Shadows of Rhodes" has been my first major attempt at a full length novel, and it was started in 2005. It has been edited several times since the original, which takes more time than I'd like. But I have written seven books in this series and time does fly when you're having fun!
What is your writing process?
I write the old fashioned way, with a pen and paper. I usually try to find a spiral pad, and while I'm defining the premise, and building a background, I do my research online. Once I've got a vague idea of where I want to go with the characters and the plot, I usually write until I've run out of ideas. I go for days sometimes, it just depends on how inspired I am.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer my Kindle over my Android. I like the features, especially the voice feature. I can follow the reading and sometimes find errors that I had missed.
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