Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Georgia during the 50's & 60's. It was simple and easy, yet all of life unfolded in each day. My senses were enriched with the smell of chicken frying in the kitchen, the beauty of blossoms dangling from tall magnolia trees, the touch of a slithering salamander in the palm of my hand, the sound of creek water splashing against the rocks! All of this is in my soul! How could I not write about this?
When did you first start writing?
I started looking at my surroundings with intense eyes from a very early age. Although I did not actually start writing until much later in my life, I had the visions in my mind & often could see them on the page. I do, however, remember in the third grade writing a short essay for class homework. Much to my dismay, my teacher thought my words were too flowery! I have never forgotten that word, flowery! Now that I think about it, I suppose sometimes my descriptions are still a bit flowery. Funny, but it feels much better to say that now than when I was eight years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My story is about a mother & a daughter. In my opinion, there are no relationships quite as complicated or intriguing. It is a tale of contrasts, deep wounds, and forgiveness on the road to our truth. This journey ultimately brings a profound healing to our entire family over several generations. It is truly a triumph of the human spirit & underscores the power of the love we shared.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think self publishing gives the writer the maximum control of their product from the initial creation to how the book will look in your hands or on your device. To me, it is the ultimate in creativity on all levels. I would not change a thing about my experience so far. Although it has been enormously challenging, the rewards have far out weighed the obstacles. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I am in the zone, it is a beautiful high. I feel alive with joy, possibilities & a greater sense of freedom. These are MY words. No one else will express this thought in the same way. It is like a piece of music. Every musician has access to the very same notes. How they are put together determines the greatness of the song. Writers have the same access to all the words in the universe. Each of us puts them together in our own unique way. What a thrill. My gosh, think of the possibilities? Do you see now, what I mean by a beautiful high?
What is your writing process?
Many years ago, I studied acting with the great Stella Adler. She taught us that to build a character you must live as that person lives. What kind of shoes do they wear? How do they hold a pencil in their hand? What kind of house do they live in? How do they laugh? DO they laugh? Every detail is important to the creation of the character. I start any writing project in the same way. I look for details in the character & I build from there.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read many books about self development....understanding the Universe....how we all got here....where are we going? Simple topics like this!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite e-reading device is my iPad Air. Can't imagine life without!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the opportunity to publish my book exactly the way I wanted it to be. What a brilliant concept Mike Coker had. Honestly, I don't have words to describe the gratitude I feel.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I don't know that I have "fans" yet! What I can say is that I am enormously grateful to anyone who takes the time to read my book. I see it as a wonderful gift to me & I will treasure that gift all of my life. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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