Nothing really. I love my bed. I love sleep. I'm the mother of two kiddos under 4... do you blame me? Actually, I guess my kids inspire me to get out of bed each day... their cries of "I'm hungry" are very motivating.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Picking up toys so I don't step on one and suffer the consequences. Slicing grapes in half so my kiddos can enjoy them without me worrying about them choking. Wiping yogurt hand prints off the walls (I really need to remember to grab a towel to wipe those little hands off). Hiding in the bathroom. Cuddling with my little ones. Cuddling with my hubby. Watching Gray's Anatomy and vowing to never watch the show again if Shonda Rhimes kills off another character I love. Watching the Voice and being all inspired to follow my dream of writing stories like those on the show are following their dreams.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a crush on a boy. This boy had an awesome set of parents. And siblings. And grand parents. And aunts and uncles. I thought, if things every went anywhere, I would have an awesome set of in-laws. And thus, the book concept was born.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. I wrote about my first plane ride. I was 12 and terrified. I channeled all that into the page and realized I loved writing stories.
What is your writing process?
A lot of it happens in my head. I'll mull an idea over and over, exploring different places I could take it. It'll eventually get to the place where I just have to write it down.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through suggestions from friends. Reading time is valuable for me right now, so I spend it reading books assigned by my book club and ones that others suggest to me.
Describe your desk
Right now my desk is a lovely arm-chair in my kid's playroom.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was exposed to the publishing world through an internship right after college. It struck me then as odd (albeit understandable) that an author only receives a 15% royalty (if they are lucky). I understand that there are many people involved who need to be paid, as well as many material and overhead costs, but a book is the author's original work, their baby. They pour so much into it for so little monetary value in the end. And that's if they can get published. Publishers have to take a risk with an author, and some works don't fit into what their they are comfortable with taking a risk for. I wondered then if there was a way to create written art that addressed these concerns.
However, it wasn't until I watched the movie Begin Again (everyone who is a creative type should see that movie!) that I felt like I could embrace being an indie author. After I watched the movie, I thought, I have these strong opinions about written art, so why am I trying to fit myself into a mold that I see cracks in to begin with? I decided then that I would go a different route.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. I read a ton as a kid. It's kinda a requirement as a home schooler. That's what you do. But, I can remember some that I absolutely loved: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell The Crown and the Crucible (and all the books of The Russians series) by Judith Pella Anything by Jane Austin Puddin' Head Wilson by Mark Twain
What are you working on next?
A story about a girl. A girl and a train. I can't tell you anymore than that. Other than that there is a boy involved as well. Okay, really, that's all I can tell you.
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