Being able to tell a story that previously wasn't told or wasn't told in the way I wanted to tell it.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! Without my fans I wouldn't be here nor would the book be where it is.
What is your writing process?
I put part of my life into a pot along with my friends lives, sprinkle in fiction, and pull out the story.
How do you approach cover design?
The picture is of a never ending path which to me symbolizes the path Desiré is going on in her life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is separated into three parts: For "The Ice Princess" I told someone else's story of strength amongst adversity and tragedy. We all have our own "story" but Desiré Andersen had been through the ringer.
For "The Family Portraits" I told everyone's story from Generation X of growing up in the 80s. You are looking into the childhood of Desiré Andersen, but you can see yourself or someone you know in any character.
For "The It Girl" I told a fantasy plot that could've based in reality. I wanted to complete Desiré Andersen's story in a larger than life way.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that my success can/will inspire someone else who may/may not have hope.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Loving watching movies or TV. Also hanging out with my family and friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Anne of Green Gables. I just remember identifying with the fiery redhead that people pushed aside, but won't go away. Anne overcame so much and did it effortlessly just because. She made no excuses for her shortcomings and was loved by all.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
By targeting my market I have increased my sales. YES I want to have my book go mainstream and have everyone read my book, but I decided to start with the LGBT community and expand out from there.
Why did you combine all three books together?
Because I felt the experience of stopping and starting was too jarring. I liked the idea of having people read straight through. Most books are continuous, but I like the idea that the reader can get three books in one.
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