I do a lot of daydreaming about the story, focusing on emotions of the characters - particularly the heroine's emotions. I tend to write scenes independent of each other, before the synopsis. After I write the synopsis, I put the scenes I have previously written in the linear story order. Then I link the scenes together with logical exposition. For the synopsis, I like the Snowflake method of writing, as created by Randy Ingermanson.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I never liked reading as a child or teenager. I only read for school work. I could count on one hand the number of books I actually liked from school work. The rest were very tedious for me - they didn't make me want to know more about the story. Part of this dislike of reading came from being a slow reader. I'm only slow because I get distracted by the patterns in language - grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and sentence structure. These patterns are fascinating to me. I credit my large vocabulary from stopping at every single unknown word I would come across and looking up it's definition and usage.
Then at age 19 I discovered romance novels. I had no idea I was reading a romance, solely because it was in hardcover and all my sister's romance novels were paperbacks. It was The Viking's Woman by Heather Graham. I loved the romance fantasy, the relationship of the lovers, how it started and the troubles they encountered on the way. The sex delighted me, and shocked me at first as I had no idea that sex was ever explicit in romance novels. I started reading more romances and soon discovered a voracious appetite for books, but only romance books. I'm very exclusive to the romance part of a book such that I often skip through parts of the secondary story line.
Who is your favorite author, and why?
Linda Howard has an intriguing writing style. I like how she describes in detail the heroine's methodical decision process - it keeps me interested in the secondary story line like nothing else can. The sex and hero never fail to entertain me. I thoroughly disliked first person before I read Linda Howard's Drop Dead Gorgeous and To Die For. I've reread each several times, and listened to the unabridged Audible versions over and over. I have done the same with Mr Perfect and Open Season.
What do you read for pleasure?
Only romance....with a predilection for romance erotica. I dislike purple prose and closing the bedroom door romances.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The first time I published, it was on Kindle Direct Publishing. I bought into the "exclusivity" deal of the Kindle Lending Library - my book was lost in the giant Kindle library and I could only find it if I entered the book title. I'm not sure how other people found it, but a few managed to. Now I know my mistake. As soon as the 3 months was up I published to Smashwords and Allromanceebooks. I sold 2 books the first day on each website - leading me to believe that the smaller library of Smashwords and Allromanceebooks is appreciated by loyal customers. I will never do KDP exclusive again - or any other exclusive.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That people read my stories and want more of the solar system I describe.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a voracious video game player. I like World of Warcraft, Starcraft, some silly Facebook and Android games (usually management or tower games).
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