The greatest joy of writing for me is the possibility of positively impacting a child's life through my writing by, even if for a brief moment, bringing a smile, stirring up a world of imagination, and planting a small seed of joy for reading.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me, especially during hot summers.
What are you working on next?
Cleaning out my garage.
Who are your favorite authors?
Bernard Cornwell, JK Rowling, Dr. Seuss, and CS Lewis
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Worrying about what to eat for next meal.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was horrible, that is, according to others. I thought it was fantastic!
What is your writing process?
Think of a bright idea/premise/character arc. Outline major events. Add details to the outline. Start writing. A few chapters in, get frustrated and crumple up the outline. Start crying and pulling my hair out until a light bulb clicks on. Then resume writing.
How do you approach cover design?
With a frown, very cautiously.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the idea of independence, to write freely and publish freely without the pressure of selling.
While realizing how naïve that may sound to some seasoned pros in the field, I know this for sure - that not all good books translate to bestsellers and not all bestsellers are necessarily good books.
It's all about the storytelling for me. It's the process. It's little morsels of me resonating through each story I tell. So, for me, it's not so much about formatting, professionally touched covers, the right hook for the right audience... I mean, all those things are great, that is, if I have it all down already, but the most important focus for me first and foremost is being a storyteller in my truest form. Yes, I aim to please, but I'm not going to follow some rubrics and templates to success set by others. I'm stubborn that way.
In short, I'm drawn to the artistic freedom of expression and the freedom to publish what I want, when I want, the freedoms which being an indie author provides. No amount of money beats that.
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