Interview with Patti Bricker

How do you approach cover design?
I have been working with graphics for many years. I do the cover designs myself and really like this part of the whole process. It's the final addition to getting the book ready for the readers and it is very important. A lot of people choose a book on what they see on the cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love the Harry Potter series because it is superbly written and such an interesting story. I feel as though I have watched Harry and the others grow up in front of my eyes. I don't really have a favourite book of the series. I like certain parts of each one but the first will probably rank a smidge higher since this is where we get to meet everyone.
Odd Thomas series is another favourite of mine. Dean Koontz is by far a favourite. And Odd, well you just can't beat him down. He gets back up and faces adversary like there's no tomorrow.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of Y.A. paranormal books. I do read the mainstream ones occasionally, but I have a soft spot for indies. Vampire Academy is my most recent tackle and I enjoyed it immensely.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my tablet or Kobo. I prefer the tablet and an app called ereader that came with it.
Describe your desk
It's the kitchen table right now. It changes sometimes to wherever I can find space but the kitchen is usually where I am.
When did you first start writing?
I think I was eight when I first wrote a story that I didn't have to write for school. It was probably really terrible and I hope I have come a long way since then.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have had one book published by a publishing company and I didn't like the whole process. I guess I had picked the wrong place because I felt really left out of the whole creative aspect of it.
With indies, I get to be there, from the first letter on the page to figuring out the cover. It's a whole process thing and I really enjoy it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's given me the outlet of course. But also it has given me courage to put myself out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the story and characters develop. Also I love the way I can throw twists and turns into the story to get a whole new path for my characters to go.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz, Cassandra Clare, Maeve Binchy, Kaitlyn Davis, MOnica Leonelle...and more :)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. If I didn't get out of bed, then they would come get me out! Also each day has new adventures and I wouldn't want to miss them.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually search up new additions on indie sites, like Smashwords. I also search kobo and amazon for free books since a lot of indies have their first book free.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on a paranormal fantasy that has to do with fallen angels and immortals. I am really enjoying this one!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have four kids. A lot of my time is spent refereeing fights, drinking copuous amounts of coffee and finding a spare moment to read.
Published 2014-02-16.
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