My desk is wherever I happen to have space to put my laptop. Sometimes that is the messy desk in the corner of my bedroom, but it can also be my kitchen table, Starbucks or even the waiting room at the dentist's office.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in rural western South Dakota, there was obviously not a lot of options for what to do, other than getting into trouble with my siblings and cousins on the farm. In my downtime, I often found myself writing, and I wrote my first novella in 6th grade when we were assigned to write a simple story for school. My project ended up being complete with a full-color self-illustrated cover. Since that moment, I have always wanted to write a novel and see it in print with my name on it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Adoption has always been close to my heart, as my younger brother is adopted from Korea. I always wanted to adopt, and recently, my husband and I added two beautiful daughters to our family through adoption. Our four kids are a beautiful mixture of quiet and loud, shy and sassy, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always dreamt of writing and publishing my own book, but knowing it's next to impossible to get an agent, then a publisher kept me from doing it for many years. Lately, the indie movement has made it amazingly easy to get your book into the hands of masses, whether through ebook or small printing presses. When my husband encouraged me to go for it, I did! It was that simple!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to take something that's in my head, put it on paper and make it come alive is a true joy, and when others can see and appreciate what I've created in my head, it truly inspires me to continue.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's exciting to have people who believe in me, in my writing, and who want more of what I've created! I remember having fans when I was writing my weekly Behind the Bench column in high school. I provided some fun tips and inside information to the local readers about their beloved high school basketball players, and I had no idea how much the readers enjoyed the column, until I was too sick to write it one week. Living in a rural community, I got calls at home asking why there was no column in the paper that week! Some might find it creepy, but I felt loved, and like there was a real desire for what I could write.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on my first children's book, The Happy Kitty. I've recently epublished my first three tween short stories, and I am also working on adding more.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Nora Roberts (also when she writes as J.D. Robb), Karen Kingsbury, Mary Higgins Clark and Ted Dekker.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read. And read and read. And spend time with my family. I love to do Pinterest projects. And I LOVE to go on dates with my husband.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon mostly. Occasionally I read books recommended by others.
What is your writing process?
I am not an outline person. I like to discover what's going to happen to the characters as it happens to them. I have a broad and very general idea of how the book will end, but the specifics come as I write.
How do you approach cover design?
So far, my husband does all of my cover designs. He's a genius with graphic design.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad mini.
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