Currently, I am re-editing a book of mine called KISS & SPELL. I am going to re-issue it as a free read for a short time, so keep an eye out for it. I'm also working on the other 3 parts of FIRE BLACK. This book is 4th in a series. The original 3 books were quick reads, and I'd been wanting to write something longer in the same world for a long time. FIRE BLACK continues the stories of my Arctic Shifters, but with more depth and character development.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've always loved a good historical romance. Some of my favorite writers in that genre are: Lisa Kleypas, Laura Kinsale and Elizabeth Hoyt. I also absolutely loved C. L. Wilson's fantasy series.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. This novel kept me reading late into the night. The ending was shocking. I loved every chapter!
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I read this in one weekend. Fantastic characters. First book that made me cry...I was 14.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Fantastic, classic story. Dickens is one of my favorite authors for the characters he writes and the realism he brings to his descriptions.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I remember being drawn in by the harrowing tale of young Jane at the cruel boarding school. I loved the ending and the themes of redemption and love.
Grimm's Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm. I read fairy tales over and over when I was a child. We had several books with a dozen tales each in them. I'd re-read my favorites whenever I wanted something good to read. I remember one of my favorites being about a girl in a wooden dress. Such fantastic stories!
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. Although I write erotic romance, I enjoy all kinds of books from suspense to romance to nonfiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I heart my Kindle!
Describe your desk
Desk = Mess
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd been published through several publishers since 2007. I lived through the advent of the Kindle and knew it would change the market forever. It took a few years, but boy, is it a different world now. E-books and E-readers are a huge part of the market. Amazon and Smashwords make it so incredibly easy for you to self-publish. A writer just needs to take caution to edit carefully, have beta readers and make sure to have quality cover art. I like that indie authors have more control of their work, pricing, etc.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it so much easier for someone with no formal publishing background to get her work out to a larger reading audience. The Kindle store is only one market. Smashwords opens up doors for authors like me to get their books out to as many people as possible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating people and stories out of nothing! I write first to entertain myself. If I didn't enjoy what I wrote, I wouldn't be writing it. Sharing my writing with others has to come in as a close second!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything to me. I'm grateful for each and every person who has given my writing a chance.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with my family. We ski, garden, fish, hike, snowshoe, bake, sit by campfires, watch movies and just live life.
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