When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a blogger, so technically I am always writing but I also am a YouTube vlogger so it adds something different to just having an ordinary blog. My major is psych/life coaching so the emphasis of my blog centers around our authenticity. It might be a little strange that I am also a fiction writer who writes in a crime or romantic suspense category, but I believe you have to do you, so I do not limit myself to anything. I also do consulting and design innovative businesses. In addition, I will be putting out several non-fiction e-books regarding innovative design. It might seem like a lot but these are just the things I love, I love them all equally with the same passion and so I intend on pursuing them all with the same passion. I hope you do the same!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in third grade and we hade to do a book project and a wrote about a girl in a forest and her name was Seraphina. The story was about how she had this magical connection with the forest because of course, she was part angel. I think it was an excellent work of fiction and if I had been able to hold onto it, I probably would have published it as a children's book. I did, however, create a children's magical story series that is in the long process of illustration that I hope tells a good story.
How do you approach cover design?
I outsource. I design a lot of headers and covers for my blog and websites, but my design ability ends there. Some things are just better left to others. I just got the cover design back for my upcoming novel and I love it, it has one small weird thing in it, butI'll live. Can you point out what doesn't fit in the book cover?
What do you read for pleasure?
In the past year, I have read nothing but non-fiction. Tons of it literally. From textbooks to guidebooks to blogs and everything in between. The goal for next year is to veg out on some crime fiction, watch entire series of television shows and have a movie marathon! I held those things back on purpose this past year because this year was about growth and achievements, so I made a deal with myself that I would allow myself those luxuries when I get to a certain point with my current goals. It has has been an excellent motivator and I think we take those things for granted sometimes. Go more than a year without television, movies, or fiction! It's amazing what you can get accomplished but it also creates an appreciation for those things.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually do not read e-books, unless they are an internet PDF guide or something. I love the feel of a real book and I have hundreds of them to prove it! I think e-books are super convenient but I just cannot seem to get into it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still navigating that process so I will revisit this question later for a more in-depth response. I can say, however, build up that social media following and have a website that you are actively promoting through any outlet you can.
Describe your desk
A work in progress, I love it to be super organized but then I have a crazy busy week and you can tell how much I have been working!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. I loved the quiet magnificence of the city. I think its deep roots in history and culture make it a hub for creatives. When reading my novels, it will be quite clear as to what influence the city had me on as Sarasota is the backdrop for nearly all my stories.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about eight, that is the first time I remember actually sitting down to write amongst a story in my head. After that, I became avidly involved in poetry. I wrote poetry consistently until I was about 12 but then it was stored away and all was damaged in a later basement flood. I wish I had been able to copy it or back it up, it has probably contributed to my obsession with backing up my writing on multiple external drives, never keeping it all in one place.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I think it was a mix of imagination and real life offering up a simple story prompt that evolved into this beautiful, winding and twisting tale.
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