When I was in high school I began expressing myself through poetry. A few years after graduation I wrote my first short story but it wasn't until after I had my children that I risked beginning a novel. It was trash but even so, my writing career had begun!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Love's Changing Seasons is a time-travel romance and the story of a brilliant and beautiful professor (Danielle Dumont) who is researching a famous French Marquis and the history of his escape from death during the French Revolution. There is a mystery involved because an unknown woman had aided the Marquis and his family in their escape. Danielle is driven to find out her identity. In the process, she falls in love with the marquis and his small son Edmund. She must choose whether to remain in the 18th Century with them or return to the twenty-first century. In the process, Danielle fully discovers what is important to her and what she must do to be true to herself.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Self-publishing is the future of the industry.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is very easy to use if you follow all the guidelines for publication. It's gratifying to see my work available to anyone who finds it a promising read.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my book from cover to finish!
What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the works but my next project is the sequel to "Love's Changing Seasons"--"Love Turns the Tide."
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Elizabeth Peters, Linda Lael Miller, Charlotte Bronte, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Mitchell, and Anne Rice.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The wonder of what the day will bring.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I work as an executive assistant. I also love spending time with my grandchildren and husband, reading, travel and camping.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love to browse.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about Christmas at my grandmothers when I was about ten years old. I called it "The Best Christmas Ever."
What is your writing process?
It begins with a theme, whether it be a moment in history, fact or fancy. I develop an outline I can expand upon and characters to bring to life. Occasionally, I'll come up with the end of a story first, though it usually changes with time. I like to make notes as ideas present themselves and expand upon them.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was the biography of Florence Nightingale. It had a huge influence on me that was enhanced by seeing the hospital where she was a nurse in the Crimean War in Turkey. My father was in the airforce and we drove by it one day. The hospital was huge and dreary. Though I was small I could picture the horror of war as seen through her eyes and the work of her capable hands.
How do you approach cover design?
I have only designed one cover. I presented several vivid pictures from the novel to my graphic artist. She was able to take them and come up with what I feel is a compelling cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favorite read is historical fiction but I'm not limited to this. I like to read anything that is compelling. I especally like archaeological elements.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
My desk is neat with a place for everything and everything in its place. It has feminine touches such as a yellow and blue Ginger Jar and an oriental carpet mouse pad.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in a small city, Owensboro, Kentucky. My imagination flourished in the beautiful river town. I was nourished by my mother who read to me and my grandmother who was a teacher. My father was in the military and we traveled across the United States and to Turkey. These travels gave me a view of the world and appreciation for other cultures. I believe these gifts greatly influence my writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I develop fans they will mean the world to me. Perhaps they will help me refine my writing by letting me know what they like and don't like and if I touched them.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Having someone read and review my writing. Second to this is word of mouth. I hope to add to this social networking.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a tough question because I love so many books. I would have to say The Bible, Gone With the Wind, Dr. Zhivago, Little House on the Prairie and Pride and Prejudice. The Bible is number one on my list because it governs my faith and tells the story of our Saviour. Gone With the Wind portrays the sweeping saga of the Civil War as it affects Scarlett O'Hara and the characters who surround her. Scarlett is unforgetable! Dr. Zhivago touched my soul with the desperation of the times in Russia, the heartfelt love of Dr. Zhivago for Lara that tears him from his beloved Tonya. Zhivago does not compromise his beliefs or his poets heart even though he knows it spells his own disaster. Little House on the Praire depicts the details of the life of a pioneer family and their love during a much simpler time. I always felt snug and secure when I read this book. Pride and Prejudice may be called the first romance novel. It has conflict between the hero and heroine, a villian and both main characters change and grow before the book ends happily ever after.
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