Hmm. I read most fiction genres. I usually like some sort of romance element, even if it's secondary to the plot. But my favorites would probably be Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance and Contemporary Romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle Fire.
When did you first start writing?
Oh jeez. I think I was seven? I wrote these weird, existential poems and from that point I was hooked. I tried to write my first novel at the age of ten. Unfortunately, it "borrowed" a lot of ideas... and characters... and even some names from popular authors like Terry Brooks and Mercedes Lackey. Probably a good thing that book never saw the light of day, haha!
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book deals with a subject that is near and dear to my heart. The subject matter is entirely fictionalized, but the main character's responses and reactions are genuine. I wanted to write a book that dealt with real-life issues, and I was endlessly intrigued with the idea that there are no "Happily Ever Afters." So, I wrote a book around the idea that you have to seize your happiness where you could find it and about the journey to recognize that happiness when it appears.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'd have to say it's seeing my character's come to life on the page. They're in my head, of course, but it's entirely different when you are reading their words and seeing their actions take on a life of their own. My characters are always surprising me. They do what they need to do, what calls to them, not what I think they should be doing. So, it's fascinating when I think a story is going to go one way, and it ends up going in a completely different direction. Which is life, actually. That's what makes it so great.
What do your fans mean to you?
You can't even imagine. I cried the first time someone I didn't know told me they loved my book. To know that these people loved my writing, that they were captivated by my characters, is awe inspiring. I've had readers tell me that I have become an automatic one-click author for them, and I just want to find them and hug them. I'm flabbergasted, honestly. And I love every single one of them.
What are you working on next?
Ooh. Should I tell? Well, if you read Free to Fly, keep an eye on a certain favorite secondary character. I'm busy writing her story now. And that's all I'll say on the matter. *wink*
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a difficult one! There are so many! Hmm... Colleen Hoover, definitely. Not just as an author, but as a person. She's amazing. Kim Holden, Mia Sheridan, and CM Foss are among my favorite Contemporary authors. Kresley Cole, Karen Marie Moning, Kim Harrison, Heather Lyons, and Jeanine Frost are some of my favorite fantasy types.
What is your writing process?
Well, I don't know if it's a normal one or not, but here it is:
I start with a playlist of songs that inspire my book. But I can't actually listen to them while I write. Too distracting. So, I'll listen to one or two that really set the mood for the scene/chapter and then put on some classical. That gets me ready to write.
But then, when I actually write? I write the entire book in three or four sittings. It usually ends up being around 40k for the first draft. Then, I go back and read it. I figure out where I need to add more scenes and what needs to be fleshed out. But my first time around I just write the main plot points. Everything else comes later.
How do you approach cover design?
I make my own covers right now. Trust me, you don't want to see the first tries. They were AWFUL. Honestly, I just keep thinking of different ideas and making them. I had about five or six different covers before I made the one I used. And, when I made them, I loved them all. Now, I couldn't imagine any cover other than the one I have. I LOVE it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hmm. I think I touched on this in another question. Yes, I do remember the first book I ever wrote. It was a fantasy novel, with a quite ambitious plan of being the first in a nine book series. It was all about a little girl from an abusive home who discovered that her parents weren't really her parents. Instead, she was the daughter of the most feared witch on nine worlds. Each book was supposed to be on a different world and detail her journey to learn magic so she could battle and defeat her true mother.
It was HEAVILY influenced by Terry Brook's Magic Kingdom For Sale and Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series. As in, I probably could have been sued if I'd ever tried to publish it, haha!
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