I decided to be an indie author after I realized how difficult it was to obtain a traditional contract with an agent and then with a publisher. The market was over saturated and didn't offer any vehicle by which I could tell my stories, of which I have many!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is the getting to know the characters. Like the reader, the characters aren't known to me immediately, they show themselves in the initial creation of the story and I'm facinated by them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me! I love how my story touches a reader and how they fall in love with the characters as much as I do. Fans help motivate me to create more.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on the sequel to The Veiled. It's draft title is "The Veiled: Torn".
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare and Veronica Roth for young adult writers. For adult indie writers, I love Sherrie Henry and Johanna Rae. For adult mainstream, I like J.R. Ward and Sherilyn Kenyon.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an avid painter and singer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of what I read comes to me in friend recommendations. My friends like a lot of the same stuff that I do. So I know when I get a recommendation, it is a safe bet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story when I was 4 called "The Yellow Ribbon". It was a simple short story of how a little girl and boy met, became friends and the girl gave the boy her yellow ribbon when they parted.
What is your writing process?
I tend to use Scrivener to outline out the basics of the character and main plot lines. Then I like to outline the main arch of each character. Then I start the actual writing process.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love Young Adult stories. I find that they have more creativity and imagination than a lot of other stuff out there right now.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Corbin, Kentucky, which is a small town. There wasn't a lot to do, so we played outside and had to use our imagination to create our playtime. That greatly influenced me in regard to writing. I'm thankful I grew up where I did.
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