There are so many books that I enjoy and for various reasons. So you can see why having a good answer to this question would be difficult.
If I had to choose, though, I would have my top picks be: Dante Alighieri, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, and Michael Crichton.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I struggle with depression on a daily basis so sometimes that question is more difficult to answer than others. The majority of the time I don't have a reason for getting out of bed other than I want to continue living. I have three lovely parakeets, a fiance, and my writing to embrace.
So I guess you could say those are my reasons for getting out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The few times I'm not writing I play Pokemon, watch Youtube videos, and chat online. I adore the sites Flight Rising, Dragon Cave, and Subeta. As for Pokemon...I go between White Version 2, HeartGold, and I should be getting Moon any day now.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been writing since I was maybe six or seven and I'm thirty now. I can't remember what my first story was but I can remember a story I wrote a really long time ago. In it there was a fish searching for a way to save her family. It was short and not really much happened. In my defense I was six or seven at the time.
What is your writing process?
It differs from project to project. If it's non-fiction on my blog it depends on if it's a standalone post or part of a series. Such as my short episode reviews would be much different than my Animorphs Re-Read.
For fiction it can start from either an idea, a scene, or anything really. The start of an idea is extremely hard to define so I won't get into that here.
I like to outline for the most part but always leave myself room to improvise and change. If I planned for something to happen but it doesn't end up making sense when I write the story, I don't feel bad for changing it.
I complete writing before I begin editing. I like to get everything out before I start making improvements.
Then after every project I find something else to do and the cycle repeats itself.
How do you approach cover design?
It depends on what the e-book I'm working on is as I believe covers help inform potential readers. Some people may just glance at the cover and if it gives off the wrong feel then I've lost a potential reader.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read horror, science fiction, or fantasy books for the most part. I like to read things that are dark and depressing.
My favorite book series of all time is Animorphs by K.A.Applegate. While it is a Young Adult series and has its very goofy moments, it is a realistic look at war. One of the things that happens is that not everyone makes it out of the series alive and even those that survive are greatly changed. Some friendships formed in the war don't last once it's done.
Even a goofy book about using instant oatmeal is a look at the morality about biowarfare.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Florida. One of those small towns where if you sneeze you will miss it. I grew up in a retirement neighborhood so there weren't any other kids to play with. Though, in all honesty, that didn't bother me as I was a loner. I tended to spend my days reading rather than wanting to socialize.
I don't think where I grew up influenced me. It was more of the people and relationships I formed with others that both shaped my writing and how I deal with life in general.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was around six or seven years old. Even that might be off as it always has felt as if I've been writing. I can't help but write and there are so many ideas that I won't run out any time soon.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The author part is simple: I've always been a writer and I can't help but be one. There's something in me that needs to get stories out.
The indie part is also simple: I'm scared of going through a publisher, editor, and everything else. It's a little too daunting for me. At least at this moment.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I don't know if I could put into words the answer to that. I love typing for one. Just the physical act of pressing keys and forming words is comforting. I also like telling stories and seeing people enjoy them.
I guess that's the easiest way to explain my greatest joy of writing: I like making people happy. I like giving them an escape from their life.
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