This is always so hard for me, as I pick up books randomly and oftentimes will forget to check the author unless the book somehow changed the way I live my life, somehow. That being said, my top three favorite authors would have to be, and in no particular order: Stephen King, Roald Dahl, and Neil Gaiman.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
On a good day, I wake up feeling like there's so much out there waiting for me to experience that staying in bed just isn't an option! On a bad day, it's the biological clock of my two German Shepherds, and their desire to eat promptly at 7:00am.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to spend my non-writing time outside; I'm not a sporty person, but I love to sit in the sunlight and enjoy a nice day, maybe watch the dogs chase squirrels at the park. If I'm inside, I'm probably either reading or napping. Those are my two most favorite non-writing activities.
How do you discover the books you read?
I'm guilty of judging books by their covers... Lots of times, interesting cover art or titles will grab my attention. Otherwise, I get my books from e-mail recommendations (Audible, goodreads.com), or by keeping up with my favorite authors, or seeking the advice of bookwormish friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in the fifth grade, I wrote a fanfiction short-story which took place inside a mall, where I got to meet and spend the day with The Backstreet Boys. I don't remember much by way of details, but I do remember that I learned, when I had my step-mother proofread my final draft, that the correct terminology was "former," not "formal;" as in, "my former teacher," and not "my formal teacher."
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