Start at the beginning and find my way to the end. I know it doesn't sound very organized, but it works for me. I've tried mapping stories ahead of time, but found myself either feeling bored with the story or fighting to make the characters and plot follow a predetermined path. To just start the story at the beginning and only have an idea of how I want it to end gives me the chance to let my characters grow naturally and take on personalities of their own, while at the same time shaping the plot in ways I never would have dreamed.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided to try the indie route because it seemed to offer more freedom. I didn't want to be told what had to be cut or added to my story...What to do with the cover...How much to charge for the book. Most importantly, I didn't want to give anyone else the rights to my work. I have the freedom to change the book, the price, the cover, or anything else I want any time I want. That's the way I like it.
Describe your desk
Small! Just enough room for my laptop, a bucket of pens and highlighters, and pictures of my kids.
What do you read for pleasure?
Honestly, I read just about anything I can get my hands on. (Yes, that includes the occasional *gasp* romance. It's my grandmother's fault) My favorites, though, are thrillers and epic fantasy. I know, the two don't seem to even belong in the same sentence, but that's the whole point. Sometimes I need that taut, adrenaline, edge-of-your-seat read that grabs you so hard you can't put it down. But there are other times where I just want to get lost in another world...and stay there for a while.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, there are so many greats out there. Brad Thor. Lee Child. Harlan Coben. Jeffry Deaver. Vince Flynn. Ted Dekker. J.R.R. Tolkien. Guy Gavriel Kay. On and on the list could go. How do I choose?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm with them, playing with my kids. When I'm on my own I enjoy hiking and canoeing.
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