The idea for Better From Behind came one day as a random thought. I just had a sentence in my head and thought it was a great line for a book and started typing. As I continued to work on the story line and the characters, it sort of turned into something all its own. I knew there was a history behind the main character in that she was a young woman struggling with who she was becoming. She's actually still struggling with who she is and where she wants to be in her life at the end of the series. As my readers continue through the novel, they'll discover her endless questions and insecurities she seems to hide behind everyone else. Readers will learn more about her journey into womanhood in the sequel to the Better From Behind series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When the idea of becoming an author popped into my mind, I always considered self-publishing. I knew that it would probably be an easier process for me and I just started researching ways to get this done. This was before I even knew about publishing through ebooks. Probably around 2002, when I was taking another journey, transition point, of my life.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing to me is watching the story unfold. Sometimes, I outline where I think the story might end up but as I begin typing, the characters seem to develop a personality all their own. For instance, in Better From Behind, the some characters I didn't think would come back actually do and twist everything up. I like the surprises. It makes me happy to be able to write.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a non-fiction book about social anxiety. I'm also working on the sequel to the Better From Behind Series, Better On Top. It's the continuation of my main character, Tina "Tee" Roberts as she makes another important transition in her adult life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dreams and ambitions for myself and my family. I think about who I am as a person and everything else I want to accomplish. The drive to be able to see the growth in myself as well as motivate and encourage others inspires me to keep going and push forward towards my goals.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family! They're my everything right now. I have a daughter who's in her toddler years so she demands a lot of my attention and focus! It's fun to see the journey she's taking through life and I just cherish each moment I spend with her.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was in high school. It was a typical love story where girl meets boy and they live happily every after. I published it in my high school's annual literary publication. It was exciting to see one of my stories in print for the first time!
How do you approach cover design?
I think about the characters in the story as well as the title and hints to what the readers may discover when reading. It's simple but edgy and sexy.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have a split between contemporary romance and self-help/inspirational books. They both feed into different parts of my life and my mind and I can never seem to get enough of them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly, I still prefer a physical paperback over ebooks. Although I've downloaded a several ebooks, I don't have a favorite. I would still fall back to my paperback version.
What is your writing process?
First, I think of several ideas I may have for the book. Then, I'll write down the most important things I want my readers to remember. This also helps me develop the characters if it's a fiction novel or the factual information if it's a non-fiction piece. Again, my writing process changes from day to day and experience to experience. I never really control where my story leads. I let my characters tell me where they'll end up.
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