Erratic. I write either when an idea comes to me and I have to get it out or in the dead spaces during the day. The times when you have nothing productive to do, like waiting at the doctor's office or in the checkout line.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not entirely sure what the first story I ever read was. My earliest literary memory is of the library on Charleston Air Force Base. I was too short at six years old to reach the books on the higher shelves so I pulled out the ones closest to me. They were huge leather bound volumes of Shakespeare. So that's what I read, what I could reach.
How do you approach cover design?
At first I tried to design my own, and failed miserably. I have no talent in that area. The second time I hired Createspace to do it and it wasn't much better honestly. I finally used Smashwords' wonderful list of designers to find someone skillful, in my budget, and who could work with someone who is horrible at describing what her own book is about. Those are the covers that are in use today.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm addicted to fantasy and have been since I discovered The Druid of Shannara by Terry Brooks around age fourteen. However, I'm also really cheap. So I read a lot of manga that fans post and translate into English. A good nonfiction like Savage Garden by Peter D'Amato or Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont aren't going to be snubbed though.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Galaxy Notebook Pro. It's a huge thing and when I bought it the guy joked that it was a medium pizza. The size works great for me though since my eyes aren't always the best.
Describe your desk
It's actually custom made! It was a combined effort between me and my step-dad. My last desk was destroyed during our last PCS so I used steel pipes to make a frame, hoping, for more durability. My step-dad made me the wooden desktop and I stained it and attached more pipes and floating wood shelves to the top for storage.
Other than that it's organized chaos. It's littered with scraps of paper that contain notes for book ideas, tissues, hair ties. You get the idea.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Charleston, South Carolina area. I lived on Charleston Air Force Base, Summerville, and Goose Creek. There's a rich culture of storytelling in Charleston and the south in general. It has a, colorful, history and the scenery is an awesome backdrop for those stories.
When did you first start writing?
I'm not entirely sure when I started writing. Sometime in elementary school. I'd come up with little stories to tell my younger sister and later it just naturally evolved into the written word.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Desperate Measure is proving to be a bear to write. The premise is fairly simple, a young woman loses her only family and has no money and is suddenly living in poverty and debt. She's living in a volatile time and makes a desperate decision to become a surrogate mother for a genetic company. However, writing her depression and anxiety severe enough to illustrate the severity of her situation but not make her unlikeable is proving challenging.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried the traditional route but honestly it was annoying. It wasn't the rejection. It was more of how there were particular ways I had to write, required lengths for certain genres, being told readers didn't want certain things. You needed an agent before you can get a publisher, but most agents didn't want unsolicited material. It felt very much like a Boys Club and I wasn't invited or even considered to be groomed to be invited. So I decided to do what I normally did, be me. Warts and all. So what if I never hit the best seller list? It'd be awesome to do so but I'm happy doing what I've always done, be me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I probably have more hobbies than any sane person should. I spend a lot of time reading manga, playing ESO, doing genealogy, crocheting, knitting, spinning, sewing, cooking. I'm often surprised to find myself comfortable being a housewife, minus the cleaning, I hate cleaning, who loves kayaking and hiking.
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