I've written so many stories over the years and when I was younger, I never could finish one. I think even to this day, finishing a story is the hardest part of writing for me. When I was in high school I wrote mostly about the occult and witchcraft. A few years later I added vampires and werewolves into my favorites to write about. And recently, I've had an interest in religion and angels. I remember the first good poem I wrote in junior high. It was titled My Apocalypse and it described the end of the world with a love theme.
What is your writing process?
Many of my stories start from a dream. If I have a particularly exciting or strange dream, I write it down right away. The same goes for if I have a daydream, I'll write it down. I won't write the story right away, I like for it to soak it and let me visualize what's going to happen before I actually start the writing process. When I'm in the mood to write, that's when I sit down and just write. I don't force anything, otherwise what comes out will be garbage. After that is the lovely process of editing, which is totally tedious and I'd rather poke my eye out with a pencil but it must be done. I get others to read it and then I publish it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was The Talisman by Stephen King. I was young when I read it, grade school and it was a pretty big book for a grade schooler to read. But I loved it. It opened up my eyes to the world of fantasy and fiction.
How do you approach cover design?
I originally studied graphic design in college so I attempt to do the cover by myself just to save money. I find free stock photos, combine, manipulate, slap some text on it and we're done!!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
How about book series instead? 1) Anita Blake 2) Black Dagger Brotherhood 3) Riley Jenson 4) Gardella Vampires 5) Hunger Games
What do you read for pleasure?
My preferred genre for reading is paranormal, paranormal romance, fantasy, dystopian, and young adult.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually read on my pc, so I usually will download a pdf.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook is highly effective but it makes me mad because somehow I go through periods of being blocked or suspended even though I don't friend or message anyone. I also go to book reviewers, book blogs, and Goodreads to generate interest.
Describe your desk
A MESS!!!!!!!!! I work three jobs and I'm able to do them all from home. So, I have work from all three jobs scattered all over the desk. The good thing is that I'm not a pile person. I don't have piles and piles. It's easy for me to go through everything once a week and pitch what I don't need. But that sucks too because there's been a lot of times I throw something away I need later!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's frustrating trying to find an agent or going to the publishing house yourself. I'm not much on relying on other people to drive my success so why not become an indie author? To the mass public, whether you are signed or independent, doesn't matter as long as the content is good. It's just a matter of visibility. I enjoy my freedom, thank you!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
One word answer....kids. My life revolves around my kids, making a good life for them as a single mother, being my daughter's soccer coach, going to Incredible Pizza and kicking butt at the arcade games designed for 3-4 year olds.
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