I have always been into writing since I was a young child. Although my path took me to different places and I was focused on my career, I never gave up writing. I didn't necessarily want to sit back and wait or try to get signed with a major publishing house. I'm not against the traditional route but I figured if I have the access now, why not do it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That remains to be seen. I haven't released my first full novel at this time but I am working on a few projects to be released at the end of the year. Until then I do have my series on Wattpad.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing would be the ability to tell a story from a different perspective and become other people. I like creating a world that can bring joy to others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Ah.. Fans. I refer to them as readers and reviewers. They are so much more than fans. I appreciate anyone who enjoys my writing and I respect them dearly. I think as a writer I have to always be respectful of their intelligence. The readers know when you aren't putting your all into a story and they can easily call you out about being lazy. It's important to maintain the honesty in your art and give people quality stories that keep them coming back.
What are you working on next?
Right now I have my series on Wattpad. It's called The Road Under Stars. It's geared toward readers of the YA genre but I think it is something everyone can enjoy if they like reading about the beginning of love growing. Other than that one I'm working on two novels. The first is called Tree lined streets and the other is Very Good People. Watch my blog. There will be announcements soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
Favorite authors! Toni Morrison, Anne Rice, and Octavia Butler. I really like fearless writers that don't label themselves and write whatever story they want to tell.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life inspires me. I want to see the world. I like to watch how people function on a daily basis. We are so tiny in the grand scheme of things yet one little situation, word, interaction can change the course of a life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch a lot of television. I enjoy a lot of shows on HBO, Showtime, and FX. Right now I'm anticipating the return of Sons of Anarchy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just search for a genre and scroll through the available titles. If something catches my eye, I download it. I have about 100 books on my ereader right now. I'll get through them all.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in fifth grade and it was a horror/mystery. It involved me and all my friends. Every week someone would disappear only to reappear later. Come to think of it, it was a lot like a Scooby doo episode. My teachers encouraged me to keep it going. One even compared me to a young Agatha Christie. Which is funny now because I can't write a mystery to save my life.
What is your writing process?
I write a lot of quick notes. Usually an idea pops into my head at a random moment and I jot it down in my notebook. I keep a small notebook with me at all times. It's full of short descriptions, last names, story ideas, moments, etc. When I'm ready to write I pull from there. If I don't go that route, I usually open up my computer and free write.
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