Interview with Jolene MacFadden

Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors are Nora Roberts and her alternate personality J.D. Robb, Iris Johansen, Dorothy Gilman, JA Jance, Sue Grafton and a few others. I love a good murder mystery, suspense thriller and occasionally a good romantic suspense. I have tried a few other writers through the years but the above are probably the ones I read and read again.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Everyday is a blessing and full of promise. No matter how many problems you have most everything looks a little better the next day. We enjoy volunteering in the Florida State Parks and look forward to each new assignment every three to four months.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of the time we help the park rangers and staff with various projects and events but mostly we keep the parks clean. We love meeting the visitors and talking about all the things you can do while they visit. Each park is unique. Once we have put in our hours I like to create bead and wire jewelry and accessories, read mysteries and try new recipes. Being in an RV full time presents some cooking challenges and it is fun trying to figure out ways to create new meals with the limited space.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Since I have just recently discovered Smashwords I haven't had time to explore many of the eBooks available here. Over the last two years I have been visiting Amazon and trying the free eBooks there. When I find an author I like, when our budget permits, I can buy more of their stories. Just reading the descriptions from these books can intrigue me enough to take a chance on a FREE eBook especially if it is the first in a series. I really like to read great stories that are serialized.
What is your writing process?
This is a tough one. I have only written and published one book because I thought it was needed. I wanted to encourage more people to volunteer in all of our Florida Public Lands and Parks all year long. So, I researched, emailed, talked to people on the phone and interviewed a few visitors, rangers and park personnel. Once, I had all the information the rest was just a matter of typing it all into a Word document in an informative format that I hope others will enjoy and be able to use.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I can't afford a professional to design my covers I just use the tools available online for free. Pick a picture that I have taken that is a representation of what I am writing about and choose the colors and the fonts that my mom can see and read with ease. Not too dark and not too light. A nice blend that attracts the eye. Of course, I hope to hire a professional in the future should I ever write another book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read quite a lot of mysteries and science fiction/fantasy books. I can read an entire book in a couple of hours if the plot is well written. If I have any downtime I will open a book, magazine or even the newspaper to read. Sometimes, I get so involved in reading a good story I forget that I have other things I need to be doing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire. When you live in an RV full-time and love to read you really need an eBook reader device of some kind. You can't store a lot of books in this limited space.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the whole premise of being an indie author. I am a pretty independent person and would rather do most things myself. I like learning new things and this process is a great new learning experience. Plus, I don't have the time or patience for someone telling me I have to write things on schedule. My first book only took me about 5 months to research and write but I have been thinking about it for 2 years before I finally jumped in and got it done. Being an indie author gives me that freedom.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I am done. There is nothing better than finishing an article or book and sending it out to the universe to read.
Published 2014-10-02.
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Books by This Author

Insider's Guide to Campground Hosting in Florida Parks
You set the price! Words: 46,740. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Camping and RVing, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
(5.00)
All the information you need to know about volunteering in one of Florida's great public parks, forests and management areas while getting a Free campsite in exchange. You get to help our Florida public lands areas and enjoy some of the most beautiful outdoors areas Florida has to offer. Great for anyone who has a couple of months and a RV