I have a variety of writing processes, generally I love the feel of pen on paper, yet my typing speed is that of my thoughts so it varies with my mood.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Mr. Mugs Book Series in Grade One. It captivated me and invited me into the world of literature with a series of story lines that instilled a love of story telling even to this day.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a fan of Margret Atwood, Paulo Coelho and Stephen King, while I must confess I have read The Alchemist by Mr. Coelho more times than I can fathom. I also enjoy any kind of books which delve into the spiritual aspect of the universe as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop :)
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I learned to read as a child I was writing fictional stories. This was before the time of computers and as a child I feared losing my hand to an accident and I feared not being able to write that I taught myself to scribe with my non dominant hand, and now I am ambidextrous as well as I can type as fast as my thoughts
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, guess you will have to wait and see what I have stored in my hard drives that I am preparing to share with my readers
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom of not having to deal with large corporations, and that I maintain control of my writing in all aspects gives me the feeling of literary freedom
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I must have been in the third grade and it was a story of a talking squirrel and other animals on a wilderness adventure....
Describe your desk
My desk is a tad like my mind - eclectic, and unique. I actually write all over the place. I do have an office with a desk and stuff that belongs on a desk, yet my favorite place to create is in my bed, surrounded by crystals, amethyst is my fav one and I am ALWAYS listening to some kind of music be it Beethoven to Cannibal Corpse...and everything in between. I write with colorful pens, love crisp new pages in notebooks and also love to hear my words peck out on the laptop as i can type as fast as my thoughts. In reality, I write where I feel compelled to at the time I chose to write. No rhyme or reason, no method, just do what feels right. At this nanosecond I am on my bed, with blankies and listening to Cake - Short Skirt, Long Jacket and drinking coffee surrounded by a multitude of books and notebooks and countless precious rocks whom I believe are my friends and help with my creative vibe.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Canadian Prairies, and spent my childhood as a city dweller. I was exposed to a ton of different experiences and this helped shape me as a human. Writers can really only write what we know and experienced, and having this opportunity to see such diverse lifestyles and communities helped me to not only grow in experiences, it also helped me to drift into imagination and live in my head to escape the chaos of cities.
Who are your favorite authors?
Just off the top of my head, Paulo Coelho, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, and George Orwell..yet i love way more
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, lets say to be short, the Tune by Trooper, Were Here for a Good Time Not a Long Time, was something that stuck in my head since I was 15 and was in a RCMP car...and that was the cops advice to me....and TOO MANY ACTUAL IMPORTANT experiences which are the reason i persist to Love Life
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
sleeping, reading, exploring the outdoors, I tend to sit in silent thought lots...or I play like a little kid with mine,.,..I do lots of humanistic activities, hahha
How do you approach cover design?
Thats has been the aspect of publishing that stumps me. I am an avid photographer so A Collection of Poetry is made from actual pictures from my 'junkie' days.... Two Geraniums is a photo I took one early spring morning at a spot in the country where I found a lot of healing in the patch of trees.... The way the sun glowed had me mesmerized with the power and beauty of a cold and snowing spring morning opening hope for spring and beauty in even cold amd uncomfortable times.. Seemed to fit with the story.... And Marsupials and the Perpendicular Closets is hopefully my first and final time using a cover design software program.....I had other hopes for that book yet I am not a graphic artist.... And i couldn't seem to find just the right t photos. So i approach cover design same as i write.. By feelings
What are you working on next?
I have a number of works in varying stages of development. I i am working on a few prjoects. Some are prose... And some are spiritual in nature... Some are photography inspired stories. I have one that's so far over 100,000 words that is pressing on me to stop procrastinating for any more years...as its unpleasant to recall. It is my diary of a dark time.. And the one in that series is a diary a few years later of a time of amazing alteration from the first... And the third diary like book of that series is still playing out in life... All show beauty through obstacles... And to persevere always... I have children's fiction as well as some academic like research initiatives i plan to one day bring to life...guess you could say I write in a rounded eclectic genre of unique work
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use my intuition to guide me to what I need/want. Its that simple for me..
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still learning this thing called marketing. Yet word of mouth is the most honest to me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given me a space to grow to share my words with a wide variety of readers across the world. Since i have just began self publishing a few months ago I have a lot to learn still.
What do your fans mean to you?
Knowing that friends and family enjoyed what I had privately shared is why I reached out of my comfort zone and exposed myself and my love of writing to you who read my work - My fans...NOT sure I have any really. Time will tell :)
What is favorite peice of writing you wrote and forgotten about till found again, and what about it intrigues you so much?
In 2002 I wrote a novela called Unsteady Creatures A Twisted Tale of Eccentric Love, and totally forgotten about it until I began transfering a few hard drives onto my christmas gift from my brother - an external hard drive which so far holds four hard drives of my writing. This story is like het title depectits, a twisted tale of an odd kind of love. Full of raw emotion, raunchy human behaviors, and an undertone of humanity in the mist of insanity, this so far is the first story I stepped totally out of myself, put on a metaphoric penis and became a man so to speak The main character is a man, and the winding plot reminds me of a Shakespearean Tragedy while in modern chaos. This, and a series I have been creating for children for many years, Lindsey and the Little People are my absolute favorite lost yet found writings which I will publish one of these days...I am so happy to have found these lost musings, as they are soooo outside my box.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The Escape from reality when it's fiction I am writing, and the release of my inner soul in a manner which is like a thousand years of therapy when it is non fiction and stuff from my inner depth. When I write the non fiction I am able to see situation from a distance and have the chance to think and learn even more thank simply experiencing. When I create fiction, I am taken into land almost like how drugs were for me, numbing, and a total release from reality
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Alchemist and Veronica Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho - The Pokey Little Puppy, a children's Golden Book, In Search of April RainTree, Beatrice Culleton, , and the Bible
What should your readers expect next from you? Its been a while since you last published.
expect the totall unexpected, and I'm really looking forward to putting this next piece together,, and it will be ready for pre-sale in a few weeks, and along with that, expect more of the unexpected. Nothing like the last four books I've put out yet I write in all genres. One hint, it's educational and its one of my ultimate passions to educate about this particular topic. it will become a part of a new series I have planned on pre-releasilng over the next few months.
why has it taken so long for you to publish again after you werre putting a book out every few months, thenn sudenly stopped?
my laptop died, and had only my phone and notebooks, and let me tell you, I tried to format on my phone for the premium catalog status, yet gave up and Prayed,and got myself a cheap basic mini laptop, so now its updated, and all ready to rock and roll, im getting my happy back as I can finally do what I love, write to publish :)
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