Writing is my passion. I usually have a writing goal that I am engrossed in and will hustle to the coffee shop to type and sip my morning brew. I usually don't leave the coffee shop until the dredges are long cold, the pages are written, and the bullet points for next story points are outlined for the next day. Writing makes me incredibly happy and satisfied!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I drive Über to make the ends meet. Being in the Bay Area, I meet a hilarious cast of characters going to interesting places. Lots of writing fodder there! When I'm not working, I love to spend time reading and hanging out with my nieces and nephews.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I won a writing prize when I was in first or second grade. It was a story (complete with crayon drawings!) about a litter of kittens that escape a man trying to drown them in a sack. They go door-to-door and successfully adopt new human owners. Pretty dark for a little kid. No joke.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm really not good at photoshop, but I pick out elements and pieces of inspiration and send it all to a designer. What they return is better than I could ever do on my own. I've been really lucky to work with some very talented people.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I write where ever I am. I carry a list of things to do in my purse and will pop into a coffee shop if I am having trouble buckling down - but I write anywhere and feel kind of confined by a desk.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing makes me ridiculously happy. Publishing is scary and reviews are even scarier - but those things are worth it if it means I can continue writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is my catchall for all of the distribution points that don't have indie platforms. Smashwords opens the doors to outlets and markets I wouldn't otherwise have a foot in.
What do your fans mean to you?
I still find it surprising that I have fans. I'm grateful every time I sell a book and want to send a thank you note with each one.
What is your writing process?
I think a lot about my characters and kind of live in my head before I ever write a word. Once the characters and the general conflict is set, then I start writing and let the rest develop organically. When I'm done writing for the day, I usually have some idea of what is going to happen next. I write bullet points describing those next events to remind myself. That makes it much quicker to jump back into the groove the following day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the exact story. I do remember that we lived two blocks from the library and that we were always reading. I thought the first time I was allowed to go to the library by myself was a magical adventure!
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