My desk has an organizing cube on it with paper, pencils, pens, paper clips and various other office items, along with my computer and a stack of papers (an old manuscript) which I am currently working on.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Miami, Florida. What influenced my writing is all the reading I did as a child. I could escape into some good books and be someone else for a short time. That's what I want to do with my writing. My surroundings have given me places to describe in my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I learned how to write in school, like most people. I discovered I did well on essay questions, but never thought of writing as a career until I read stories to my own children. When I read some really simple books to them, I thought, I could write better than this! Well, I took a course on Writing For Children and Teenagers and even joined the SCBWI. What I discovered was writing for children was harder than it seems. But in the process, I learned that stories started coming to me in the form of movies in my head. The stories were not for children and teenagers, however, but for a little more mature audience. I started taking notes of what I was seeing. Eventually, I started hearing conversations in my head as well, and all I do is take notes. I can't wait to see how this next one ends!
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was a teenager, I experienced a severe thunderstorm one night while I was in bed. We had awnings over the windows, but I could see a flash of light when the lightning struck the ground outside the bedroom window. It was extraordinarily loud. I started thinking, "what if a space ship crashed in the back yard?" I had dreams of that night (because of the severe storm) of aliens coming into the house. For some reason, that dream reoccurred several times over the years. When I started thinking about it again after studying writing, I thought, "What if aliens looked just like us?" The characters started speaking to me and the story grew from there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've read a lot of good stories as a contest judge and like some of those people who enter contests to find an editor, I couldn't find one who wanted my story. Sure, they would request it, but then they would say, "It's not right for our line." When I found a freelance editor, I asked her whether or not the story was worth pursuing publication. She said it was a good story. So, with the changes in the publishing industry, I decided to publish it myself and take a chance.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allowed me the opportunity to publish my work and get it out to the public.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Going through the story with the characters and helping them find their "happily ever after."
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the reason I write. Without them, who would I write for? Who would read my books? They encourage me to write even more!
What are you working on next?
The next book in the series (The Vaedra Chronicles) is Revenge. It's Berto's story and he has a few surprises.
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