Not what, but who. I asked my sister to read my script "Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers" and she loved it. Afterwards, she told me it would make a great children's book so I adapted the script into a book. Getting a publisher is like finding a buyer for your screenplay, virtually impossible. Self-publishing and ebooks have created an opportunity to get your work published and available to readers. It seemed a logical step for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to let my mind wonder and create characters and events from concept to conclusion. All the decisions that go into creating a story are fascinating especially knowing each decision sends the story in a different path and you have the option, at any given time, to change the direction and the characters themselves. I like knowing so much about a character that when I write something, I can say to myself, "He'd never do that. She never say that."
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are people that enjoy what you've written and they like the content of the story so much that they want to read more. There is no greater compliment than to have fans.
What are you working on next?
I have project going on right now. My next ebook to be released is a novella adapted from my very first screenplay and it's called "Seapsan". It's a fantasy romance and has underwater and time travel intrigue thrown in to the mix. I'm working on another screenplay and I'll have the next book of the MySeaBuddies series completed the beginning of 2015. Story ideas for the characters are never ending in my mind.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't need inspiration. I've always gotten up easily and early and love the morning hours and look forward to all the adventures and mis-adventures the day will bring. But the thought of a good cup of coffee is pretty enticing, too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started to write a romance novel in my early twenties. I completed the outline and got through about three chapters. I never finished it, but still have the notes, etc. I wrote my first screenplay at twenty-nine. I liked the concept of how concise scripts can be and didn't really think I could right an actual book due to all the description that's needed. I love movies so I script seemed natural for me.
What is your writing process?
I come up with a basic idea, pretty much the log line, the tittle and then it grows from there. I let my mind wander while at the same time keeping focus on the end goal. That can be really challenging. The other thing is I'm always getting ideas for new stories so I have decide which to develop. That's also really challenging. I also have to shut out everyone's input until after I complete my first draft.
How do you approach cover design?
"Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers" was the first cover design I'd ever done. I started with a large piece of artwork I'd commissioned of the characters and I knew what part of the painting I wanted for the cover. I also had feedback on the font from my daughter and I went through colors for the font with my sisters and friends. It was a matter of fine tuning it and then realizing at a certain point that was it and it was done. I already know what I want the cover for "Seaspan" to look like so hopefully I can get my visual in someone else's mind. That's hard with art and visuals because one person's visual is not necessarily someone else's.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I just finished reading the cutest children's book by Stephanie M. Ward called "Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin". I feel like my spare time right now is minuscule so I want a really satisfying read in a short amount of time. I'm a a kids book reading rampage and Stephanie reached out to me from the other side of the world to ask if I would participate in a book giveaway. I read her story and I love it. I like Shirley MacLaine's "Out on a Limb", "Clan of the Cave Bear" and "Hawaii". They are powerful books that left an impression on me. My all time favorite book is Viki King's "How to Write a Screenplay in 21 Days". I love her book. I read it all the time and it's my writing bible. It's full of great stuff about story structure, writing and life in general.
What do you read for pleasure?
Articles off the internet. I can pick and choose what interests me and keep researching and that leads me to more articles. Its very exciting. Having the internet is like having my own library in my house. It's awesome.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've only ever used my iPad. All my devices are Apple. They pretty much own me. I don't like reading off the phone because its just too small.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am to new to the book world to answer that question right now and I aspire to be able to answer that question in about a year.
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Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No I don't. I really didn't get into reading until my late teens and nothing in particular blew me away.
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