Usually, I type out a quick outline to get the basic idea of my story set. Once that's complete, I start to write and see where the story and characters take me. Sometimes they lead me down a road I hadn't anticipated and the story changes from my original plan. Since the first draft is pretty much the bare bones of the manuscript, I don't bother researching anything until it's complete. When it's time for the rewrite, I take my time. This is my favorite part of the process. This is when I add the emotion. When I flesh out the story, characters, and setting. This is also when I check my facts and research anything I might need more information on. The final step for me is another run through with my editing software and then it's off to the editor.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a lot of different stories when I was young, but the one that really stuck in my head was a book called Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks. I read it in junior high. It's written out like the diary of a 15-year-old girl. It dealt with a lot of sensitive issues like crushes, weight loss, drugs, sexuality, social acceptance, and difficulty relating to her parents. The same issues I was dealing with at the time. So I found it easy to relate to. It's a book I never forgot.
How do you approach cover design?
I have studied graphic design and have taken many art classes all throughout school and in college. This background helps me out a lot when it comes to cover design and creating ads.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can't pick just five books. I think it would be easier to list 5 of my favorite authors. J.R. Ward - I love her writing style. The emotion is intense. She is a genius with dialogue. Christine Feehan - The queen of paranormal romance. She started my love for the alpha male. J.K. Rowling - Plot, dialogue, creative splendor. She has it all Sherrilyn Kenyon - Her books have so much emotion. I feel for her characters. I've cried for them and root for them every step of the way. Jennifer Ashley - Her paranormal series is great. Love the characters, storylines, and dialogue.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favorite is paranormal romance. My second go to is contemporary romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have been using the Kindle app on my phone for the last few months. It's convienant and easy to use.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I love having facebook parties. It great to get to know the readers as well as other writers. They also help you build your mailing list. Book tours are also a great way to get the word out about your books.
Describe your desk
I'm laughing because my desk is a portable table with wheels. I write from my couch and wouldn't have it any other way. My laptop fits on it perfectly and it has a small side area that is perfect for my coffee cup. It tilts so I can have my laptop at just the right angle.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the story of a witch named Summer who is forced to marry a man she doesn't love to satisfy her family and her people. Throughout her life, she's heard about the horrors of humanity. Then she meets a human man who is nothing like she's been told. He blows apart her assumptions, shatters her bigotry, and makes her question all she knows.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like being able to control the price of my books. Being able to offer them at an affordable price to the masses is fantastic. I know what it's like to be low on cash. There were times I had to go without a book I wanted due to the cost.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like being able to escape into my own worlds. The characters become like old friends as you move along in their stories. When you're in the writing zone, nothing and no one else exists.
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