What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter is a writer's best friend in the marketing world. I tweet out daily and gain followers just as fast. I love sharing my work with readers and other writers across the globe at the touch of my fingertips.
Describe your desk
Ha! My desk is my sofa with my feet propped and my coffee to the left. I can't live without my mini-laptop that lives in my lap or purse. And don't forget the double set of thumb drives with all copies of my books for back-up.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Mesquite, Texas was a suburb of Dallas that was considered quite small in the 80's. Many of my adventures within the books I write take place in my mind by the small city lake I knew well, the roads we traveled daily, and the places my friends and I successfully got lost in (most often on purpose). I cherish those memories and take them with me in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Second grade. Mrs. Winner was awesome. I still have my haunted house stories of creepy noises and ghosts popping out in the house down the street that everyone was afraid to enter.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My husband suggested it when I finished my first book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The exposure alone gives credit to any author who wants their work out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think about this often. Creating world's of fantasy for humans to dwell in and then appreciate the world we have is one of my greatest joys. We all want our fairy tale ending whether you paint one way or another. Mine came true and I often write about it as a result of it. My other reason resolves around our teenage girls of today. With so many issues our world's presents to them, I want them to remember that the good in yourself should prevail. Purity, good decision making, intelligence, and being a leader are qualities a woman in the making should portray.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them, I'm nothing. I love to support other authors and share thoughts with readers alike. We all have our fantasy world's in us...so why not share them.
What are you working on next?
Siphon is a series where, like all my books, good overcomes evil. A strong female character meets a strong male character who feels trapped in the world he is in. Her determination and love will help them both to conquer their own personal fears and show that good is the overwhelming quality we should all hold dear for survival. Lark and Daniel are great characters to work with. They have their weaknesses (as we all do), but it's what we choose in life to get past them that counts.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen above all. She inspires me every time I reread any of her books. Becca Fitzpatrick, Stephenie Meyer, and every other new age paranormal writer of recent years. I love how their mind works to create a world we all wish existed, but not really because of the repercussions it might bring.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. My husband Steven and my daughter are there when I wake up and close my eyes at night. I love their smiles and even their grumpiness. They love me for everything I am and vice versa. Without them, I would never survive.
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