I come from a long history of pleasure reading: I devoured Bronte sisters and George Eliot as a kid, moved on to 1970s science fiction at age fourteen when I was given a box of mildewing scifi paperbacks at a small town Texas library, tackled Russian novels while fighting off yawns in my late teens, and finally hit a self-help kick, which I am still in the middle of.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook. Though I prefer good, old-fashioned hard copies, to be honest.
Describe your desk
My desk is too little for all I like to do on it, so I spend most of my time writing on my bed. My desk is square, white, and four-legged, with two little drawers painted orange with green knobs and one big drawer painted green with an orange knob. I have had this rickety old desk since I was a tiny kid, and there are little smiley faces and words doodled all over the wood as evidence of my childhood use of it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved all over and have no place I can really call a home town. Most of my writing is based in east Texas and North Carolina, among the swamps and alligators and whip-poor-wills of the psuedo-Southern United States. I guess I like the calmness of these places, set against a dramatic Nature background.
When did you first start writing?
The tales of Nalwut the Raven and her equine friend Daisy were created when I was six or seven years old, at my mom's suggestion that I start focusing my creative storytelling energy into stories instead of crazy lies.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been rejected more times than I could count and I decided to give myself a chance to get out there and let the world decide if my story was worth reading, not some agent with a taste or agenda of his or her own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating enchanting new metaphors, describing things so that the reader can picture it strikingly in his or her mind, and capturing vague feelings or interactions just right. These are all challenges in writing and I just love tackling them, even if I fail to achieve the desired result in the end.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
This depends on the day. Some days, I am inspired to sleep in until my body just hurts too much to stay in bed any longer. Other days, I know people are waiting on me, so I drive myself out of bed to do what I need to do for them. The inspiration to make art is one of the only motives that has me smiling and rearing to go in the mornings. That, and a good breakfast, something unusual on the menu beckoning to me from the kitchen. Mostly, I love my sleep, and I hate mornings.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, college work, making jewelry, or...well, writing. I don't do much besides write, even if it's just in my journal.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I browse Amazon and snag anything that jumps out at me. I also have a huge collection of "If you liked this..." books that I put on my wishlist, to tackle one day when I have more money.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea, butcher it on paper, then get a trillion more ideas and nearly catch Carpel Tunnel jotting them all down. I will fill entire notebooks in 24 hours with non-stop writing. In the end, none of the ideas make it into the story, but they all feed future plot points or scenes. They help me shape characters and eventually careen toward some sort of conclusion. When I feel the urge, I will begin to organize the ideas that have accumulated in my mind over time into a Word doc. My novel took over 19 edits to reach the ending and draft that I decided to publish. My short stories usually just pour out of me onto paper, and then I will edit grammar and inconsistencies later on in a Word doc. I put off the editing forever. Some of my shorts never make it onto the computer, I hate transcribing so much.
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