There are always the "go to" favorite authors, but I think finding a new one is almost like getting a present! There is so much talent out there! If an ebook looks like it may be good, I always check out the samples. That can give me a pretty clear idea of the writers style and the story as well. I have found a lot of really great reads this way that I wouldn't have otherwise.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes I do! I was in sixth grade and it was right before Halloween. We had to write a short story. Mine was about a haunted house, except the house ate people to stay alive. I remember my teacher telling me at his desk, that the story was awesome but I had a very dark soul. I can honestly say I was so proud at that moment. I was going for making the reader feel disturbed, and I had done it.
What is your writing process?
I am always scribbling down ideas that pop into my head at very random times. I spend at least a small amount of time each day outlining a story on paper and then getting to the meat of things by writing it out. I probably do this the hard way but it is always written in long hand, then typed onto a computer file. A lot of times, after editing, I have somebody read it, usually my husband.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember my first story ever read. I remember at a very young age, my mother taking me to the library and getting books to read. Everyone in my family has always been an avid reader. We all started reading at an early age as well. Never thought much about the first story. I can't even really tell you what book I had read that made me such a fan of horror and supernatural stories. It just was.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There is no way to pick just five! I love so many of them and all for different reasons. Bentley Little, because he is just twisted. Stephen King, his book The Stand, was amazing! Gone with the Wind, because as much as I loved the movie, the book was even better. I have adored VC Andrews and love how the writing has been kept alive.
What do you read for pleasure?
It's all about the horror baby. I love the books that keep me wrapped up in the story until the very end. It was never unusual for me to curl up and just not be seen or heard from for a day or two. The darker, more twisted it is, the better. I love finding fresh material. Something that really hasn't been done before or has always been considered taboo.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook Color Tablet. I have had one for years. The one I currently have is new because my dog ate the last one. Yes, he literally ate it. I think I cried for days until I got a new one.
Describe your desk
It looks amazingly like a dining room table. Oh wait! That is because it is! I always do the most of my writing sitting at the dining room table. We have a huge bay window that overlooks the river and it's soothing to me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Ohio. I have also lived in Illinois, California, Arizona, Maryland, Texas, and Kentucky. I am back in Ohio now. I have met so many really interesting people, learned about so many cultures, and been exposed to so many lifestyles that I think have only benefitted my writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have the ability and now I also have the time to devote to it. My husband and our son have encouraged me in so many ways, and have been really proud of all the things I have already accomplished. Without them, I don't know that I would be brave enough to take a chance by putting myself and my writing out there. It can be a scary thing.
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