Interview with M.M. Roethig

What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read just about anything. From Mystery to Suspense, from Mythology to Regency. I LOVE happy-ever-after endings and I swoon for romance books. When I want something to lift me up, a great romance is my all time 'go-to' kind of book!
What is your favorite reader of choice?
I have a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 and I LOVE IT. I have both Kindle and Barnes & Noble apps on my tablet so I can read books offered from both places. I really am kind of a book nerd!
Describe your desk
My 'desk' in my house. Sometimes I write at my actual desk, while other times I write from the couch. Sometimes I will venture into the dinning room and commander the room so I have a different place to keep my mind flowing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am an AirForce brat so I moved around a lot when I was younger. I believe my imagination came from always going to a new place and needing to make new friends. Sometimes it wasn't as easy to make new friends when you were only there for a short while, so my imagination became my greatest asset.
When did you first start writing?
I've written little things all my life. Poems, short stories, plays, songs, you name it. I never actually showed anything I'd written to more than family or teachers until I was well into my 30's.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My 'latest' book was actually inspired by my niece. She asked me to write her a story about a girl and a horse. Well, I have the girl who rides a horse at the beginning, and that is where the similarities end. However, she loved it. She wanted me to write it for her because her mother is battling breast cancer and she needed something to help take her mind off of everything. The smile it brought to her face when I finished it and loaded my manuscript on her Kindle was priceless. The girl in the story was even named after her.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had many people ask me why I didn't publish my work for others to read. After a many questions like that, I looked into the possibility of publishing. It has become so easy to publish your work and get it out for others to enjoy.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a very user friendly self-publishing entity. My 'freebies' published here have been loaded onto Barnes and Noble, which helps others see my work. It is hard as an indie author to get your work 'out there' for the world to see. Smashwords has made it just a little bit easier!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing that something I've written evoked emotion in someone. There is nothing better than having someone say, "Wow. I cried when I read that!" Or "What a sweet story!" If I can bring happiness to a person's day with my writing, that is the best feeling in the world!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without my fans I wouldn't have the fulfillment in my writing! I would still write, but when someone loves your work, follows your progress, and supports you to the end; that just makes my day. To all my fans, present and future; I LOVE YOU!
What are you working on next?
I currently have a few works in progress and I hope to have them finished very soon. My current project is the sequel to the story I wrote for my niece and I am excited to get this out for the public. One of my other projects has involved many interviews with a military friend of mine and I can't wait to get this project done. Not to mention, the many other stories vying for attention in my head!
Published 2014-04-24.
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