The sound of the birds and the weight of my cat on my chest and her comforting purrs.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Truth be told - I don't spend much time reading ebooks - I favor hardback and paperback books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was in the third grade. It was a science fiction story about traveling into outer space. It was selected to be read by the teacher at the end of the year. Unfortunately, there was a bomb threat and the school was evacuated. The story was lost, and my eagerness to write shut down, I was terribly disappointed.
What is your writing process?
Great question! I realized it is much like the choreographic process. I am present with what wants to flow through me, and just let it express. The expression may sit and simmer for days to years. I revisit it and enter the process sculpturally favoring less over more and prune heavily. I like to build in surprises, the unexpected, to keep the witness/reader's attention.
How do you approach cover design?
I enjoy ignoring rules, advice, counsel and favor "going for it." The advised plan of action for cover designs is to hire a specialist. I've had a lot of visual art training and design experience in relation to marketing the performing arts. Presently I design the work myself and get feedback from trusted friends. Fiddle with it until it feels/looks/seems just right.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh goodness! I don't have five favorite books. My favorite book is the one I am immersed in in the moment!
What do you read for pleasure?
fantasy, romance, self-help, art books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
kindle - because I can read easily camping, or on a plane - beside my beloved of 26 years.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have not attempted to market my work yet. Too busy as a maker. I'd like to begin to focus on this realm of getting the work out into the world. I'll report back with what I discover.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in California - I don't think where I grew up influenced my writing - I think what I experienced growing up did.
When did you first start writing?
In grammar school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am recounting my experiences as a whistleblower and sharing research conducted in that period that relates to the field of alternative dispute resolution. I am also working on compiling a collection of short stories collaboratively written with the artists I co-create with. There are some children's books gnawing at the edges of my consciousness as well as the final episode of the Patchwork Chameleon Chronicles.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I needed to write, I needed to share, it was just something I felt like I HAD to do to be at peace with myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is providing me with a forum to share my work, and potentially, an audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It FEELS SO GOOD! It brings me great pleasure and satisfaction. It feels as if I am breathing with a different dimension of my soul that I breath with as a dancer, songwriter, and visual artist. Sometimes I think it may actually be the core of who I am, but I don't spend too much time dwelling on it. I flow with where and how my muse cares to express in the moment breathing back and forth between and through the different forms of expression. I think that is the nature of creative genius - which everyone has.
What do your fans mean to you?
Oh goodness, I don't have any fans yet, and if I did - I'd say, don't give your power away, what you see in me is a projection of what you have in you. Look in the mirror and be your own best fan!
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