Interview with H.M. Stewart

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh this is really hard some would be a singular book where others would be the whole series...here goes nothing listed in numerical order:
1)Great Expectations - I can truly say that finding this book on a trip to the library in elementary school was the moment I fell in love with reading. It taught me at an early age that reality dissolves around you while getting lost in the pages of a book.
2)The Rocker Series - I love what Terri Anne Browning has done with this series. The way she brings the characters to life makes them seem real. It doesn't help that the books are center around the wonderful world of Rock. Both of my favorite past times, reading and rock music, rolled up into one. What's not to love.
3)With Me in Seattle Series - Kristin Proby built a wonderful world to get lost in. From movie stars to football players, then UFC fighters to rock stars, this series has them all. It was yet another great series that lured me in and kept me in suspense waiting for the next book in the series to be published unlike some series that loses it's draw after the second or third book.
4)Five Finger Death Punch's: Surviving Metal Mayhem - FFDP has been one of my favorite band's for quite some time now, so when the drummer, Jeremy Spencer, released the all tell bio it was a now brainer to take the time to read it. The blunt, sarcastic yet brutally honest way he expressed his battles with addiction, both as a teen and adult, kept me engrossed from the first page to the last. It was one of those that I just couldn't put down.
5)The Last Riders Series - Jamie Begley drew me in hook, line and sinker from book one. Her development of the characters was outstanding. Everyone one of these books ended up with me losing sleep. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. I spent my whole vacation last summer reading books one through seven. Best vacation I had in years!
What do you read for pleasure?
It's true that I'll read anything with a good story line but mostly romance. I'm not one for knights in shining armor, more so big bad alpha's rocking out on stage or cruising around on a Harley. Primarily, it has to be something I relate too. When I read, I want to be drawn into the story line. I find myself looking for similarities between myself and each of the characters of the book. When an author can accomplish that I'm hooked. Hence why I mostly read books that are in a series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nothing beats a good ole hard copy of a book, but I began running out of places to store them. With four bookshelves full and several stacks on the floor, my other have decided it was time to try an e-rear. It's a lot easier to store an SD card that it is a couple hundred books.
When I finally caved and purchased my first e-reader I bought a nook color. I soon found myself upgraded to a Samsung tablet, this way I could read several different formatting on one device.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love all fiction but I'm a sucker for romance set in two of my favorite past times, music and motorcycles. Terri Anne Browning, Cat Mason, Jamie Begley, Kylie Scott, Laramie Briscoe are just a few that clutter my reading library. I've fallen in love with each and everyone of their series. I can only hope to measure up to their creativity.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started writing short stories back in elementary school. I remember writing a short story dramatizing a simple walk from my home to the little league park. I remember making myself into the heroine of the story fighting off ninja's with my softball bat that doubled as a sword. I'm not sure whatever happen to the notebook paper I had it written on but it was the first piece of writing for fun that I ever showed someone.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Tapping into my imagination is the greatest gift writing gives me. Having a wild imagination is a blessing when bringing a story to life is my escape from life's realities. It allows me to become a different character with each stroke of the keyboard keeping things interesting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As a fulltime college student at the age of thirty-four there's not a lot of free time but I try to balance any free time between writing and enjoying a few simple pleasures. I enjoy spending days with the kiddos fishing, camping or at the beach. My time with them is always treasured. Spending an afternoon with my other half on the back of the bike feeling the wind on my face is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. Then there's the time I get to spend with some of the best girlfriends listening to live music or riding the occasional roller coaster.
What is your writing process?
When a thought for a book pops in my head I tend to do a little character development first. I find myself listing off name of the characters I want matching them with a picture. I find that helps me visualize them in order to produce a bio for each character. With my character bios' written I then free write the development of the story that I will later turn into the first rough draft of the book. I will then read and reread my draft putting the final touches on it before soliciting one of my closest friends to read. Once I get their approval I then forward it to a freelance editor I found on fiverr to be proofread and formatted. With the polished draft in hand I'm only left to publish.
How do you approach cover design?
I stumbled across a particular freelance graphic designer through the website fiverr. The gentlemen who create my cover did an outstanding job. I will definitely be using him in the future.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm focusing on the next few books in the serious. Each one of the female characters introduced in the first book, Moving On, will have there time to shine with their story.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I tend to look for things that I enjoy other than reading and writing. I prefer a book that is able to bring several things I enjoy into one story. It helps keep me interested and helps become one with the characters of the book. If I imagine myself in the middle of the story line I'm hooked.
Published 2016-04-10.
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