I began writing stories when I was a child. I dream very vividly and I remember my dreams when I wake. I would often wake up so inspired I had to write down what I experienced. I have always had lots of fun playing in my dreams. Writing, for me, was a rather unlikely activity. I struggled with, what was later diagnosed as, dyslexia. Reading, spelling, home/schoolwork in general was a constant battle. However, art and imagination, along with the example of my mother, who at the time was taking classes for her journalism degree, I forged ahead. Granted, my little writings could have been considered written in 'code', but I could read them and enjoyed the reliving my otherworldly adventures.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Saving Moonsun: The Journey of Prince Starsun. I wrote this story originally when I was about 10 year old. It was the first story I had completely finished and the longest, too; the longest being 8 handwritten wide-rule pages.
I am excited to share this tale with people. Even as a child, having meaning and purpose was important to me. The creatures in my story all play a vital part in the development of the main character. Each one presents a challenge or test that Prince Starsun has to overcome in order to achieve his quest. Along with Prince Starsun, we learn that in any adventure we can be honorable, courageous, brave, and show the love that is in our hearts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, the whole game of getting published by a big publishing company seems to be a catch 22. Self-publishing, at first, also seemed like a mysterious mirage. However, doing some research and talking with some authors at my local church, who have many best sellers, CreateSpace was recommended to get started. I saw more hope in seeing my dreams come true. I worked with two of my family members in getting their first book published. Wow, that was one of the most exciting things; to hold a dream in your hands! We now have two book published in the 'Drauso Chronicles' series. Although there is a lot of work in self-publishing, having creative outlets and resources such as Smashwords, CreateSpace, and others have helped me in the publishing process, given support, and offer win-win opportunities. As an indie author it is immediate satisfaction and a freedom to be published-at-will.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are a blessing to me. Doing anything on a large scale must have teamwork. The people that read and support my projects are precious - worth their weight in gold. They are the lives I hope to inspire, influence, and entertain by example and creativity. I write the visions I see, so that my readers may share in them with me. It is an intimate and vulnerable thing for me to share my heart, my dreams, my values, my hopes. It is a gift of me I offer, if a reader is willing to receive it. Worth is a core value to me. The worth of writing is not the money, although enjoyable, it does not drive my ambitions rather the knowing that children will grow up reading my books - dreaming and imagining - because I gave of myself. My fans are worth it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robin McKinley's Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern & others, Countless authors featured on Reading Rainbows, the Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit, and last but not least ML Kolb-Norris and PJ Gladish's The Drauso Chronicles.
What are you working on next?
My current children's storybook, "Saving Moonsun: The Journey of Prince Starsun" is being illustrated right now. Meanwhile, I am working on a new children's chapter book series; which I had started when I was a child. The series title is "Adventures of Mahara" The first book is planned to be published this year, 2014. I will post updates on my Facebook page.
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