I just started the first in a series of novels involving a wealthy and powerful female vampire and the intelligent, attractive young woman she takes for her human lover. Lesbian paranormal romance! I intend to have fun with the research for those. I also expect to write a few more erotic shorts as I go along. I have lots of naughty ideas. I think I've cut my teeth on shorts that are basically long sex scenes and now I'm ready to put more story into my stories, though of course there will be still plenty of sex!
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, wow. I've loved Stephen King since "Carrie." Am I dating myself? He's the God of Fiction Writing as far as I'm concerned. I have so many favorites that it would be hard to list them all. I'll have to get back to you on that one, but Stephen King is my number one. I'd have his babies.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Now that I've got my writing mojo back after having misplaced it for a few years, it's the stories. I have so many of them in my head, and not all of them are porny, either. I wake up thinking about them and can't wait to grab a cup of coffee and get to my computer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working the day job, though that's something I wouldn't do if I didn't have to. I love to get out into Nature - I love long walks outside, usually by myself. I own a recumbent tricycle and have fun on the bike trails with it. I love to fish, though I'm strictly a casual "catch-and-release" bluegills kind of person. If I had the time and the money I'd have horses - horseback riding is one of life's greatest pleasures. Recently I've developed an interest in bird photography.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most times I shop by author. I keep an eye out for new books by authors I love. Sometimes I'll get a book based on a review I find in People magazine, or see online. I rarely browse for books online. Of course many times I'll pick something up if a friend has recommended it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually no. When I was a kid, I wrote all the time. It started out with horse stories.
What is your writing process?
I'm still learning that, but I'm starting to realize that I'm more a 'seat of the pants' writer than I am a planner. I have been planning a novel (non-erotica) now for almost two years - I have 40,000 plus words of notes and ideas and character sketches and I've gotten myself bogged down in all that. When I think about papers, stories, and essays that I've actually finished, I realize that all of them were done by just sitting down and writing, not planning or outlining.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Again, no. I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned to read, which was early. I will read milk cartons and cereal boxes if there's nothing around. Catalogs. I need to read like I need to breathe. I am like a balleen whale of books.
How do you approach cover design?
It really depends on the book and whether or not I think I can do the cover myself. I try to keep it simple.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
You're killing me here. How am I supposed to pick? Well, I'll try. Stephen King's "Christine" is right up there, maybe because it reminds me of high school, and first love. And it's just so authentic. "Gone With the Wind" - when I was younger, I read my paperback copy of that book so many times that it literally fell apart. It was a good escape. The same fate befell my paperback copy of Elia Kazan's "Acts of Love." The character of Ethel intrigued me, and she had so many sexual adventures. "The Last Vampire" by Whitley Strieber is a book I return to again and again. One of the most unique treatments of vampires I have ever read. I'm a little in love with Miriam Blaylock. "Baby Love" by Joyce Maynard. Again, very authentic and reminds me of high school. And I have to add another even though I'm over my limit. "Moving On" by Larry McMurtry. Every time I read it, I travel the West myself with Patsy Carpenter. Books are amazing! I love them!
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction! Science fiction, horror, suspense, adventure. I could go on and on. I love irreverent books, I love funny books, I love sexy books, I love dark books. I guess you could say I'm a promiscuous reader.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad. I was initially quite resistant to the idea of reading books on a screen. I love printed books. My house is overflowing with them. If I walk into a bookstore or a library, I will walk out with arms full. I never expected to read e-books, but now I love them. I love the convenience of them, though I'll never lose my love of printed books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It's too early to tell. I'm new at this.
Describe your desk
It's a bit messy, but not overly chaotic. Lots of books and papers, as one might expect!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
That's a secret.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's based on a naughty fantasy of mine. I thought, wow, if this gets me hot, maybe it will get other people hot. I can't be the only woman out there who fantasizes about stuff like this. And maybe some guys will like it, too.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've dreamed of being a published author my whole life. I lost sight of that dream for a great deal of my adulthood. By the time my spark got rekindled, I knew I didn't have the patience to struggle with trying to get published the traditional way. I recently read a few e-pub success stories and I thought, "I bet I could do that. I'll regret it forever if I don't at least try." If even one person reads what I write and enjoys it, I will feel like a success.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a kid.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know yet, but I do know that I appreciate having this platform to use to get my stuff out there. And the more I read about Mark Coker, the more I love him and admire his vision.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When my writing touches someone. I maintain (poorly, I admit) a blog about my experiences and thoughts as an introvert, and when people comment or email me to say, "Thank you for writing that - now I don't feel so alone," it's a great feeling. I earned my bachelor's degree a couple of years ago with a minor in creative writing. One thing I had to do for the minor was give a public reading from my work. When a complete stranger came up to me afterward and told me that my words had moved her to tears, it was a joy I'll never forget.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope I'll eventually got some. They will mean everything to me, if it ever happens.
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