Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small towns in New Hampshire. Being in small towns, you got to know who your neighbors were, and who you could turn to. Most of the time we were baking, or cooking for something special, or a barbecue. Growing up baking, inspired me to write and to continue to use the skills I was taught in the kitchen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that with each word that there is some sort of history behind the story. That there is a lesson that I have learned from it.
What are you working on next?
I am perfecting a cookbook. One that I continue to personally use in my life to this day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a young girl who was learning to pond skate.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The earliest book memory I have is Pennie. It was a great book, and it taught me so much about love and trust between a mother, daughter and a complete stranger.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I enjoy fantasy books. Karen Marie Moning's fever series, Tonya Hurleys Ghost Girl series, P.C and Kristen Cast's House of Night Series, Rachel Caine Morganville Valley series, and Jeaniene Frosts Night huntress series. They are another world away and they are filled with excellent writing and what could have or could be.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a tablet that has both a kindle and a nook app on them. They both are great devices to use and I love them both.
Describe your desk
My desk is a counter that is a little cluttered at times, but is so great for trying out recipes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They have allowed me to reach a much wider span than ordinary measures would allow.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without Fans you are really just yourself reading the books you have published. Fans help show the world that you are good at what you do.
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