Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Because it's the greatest love story ever written. I've read it upwards of fifty times, and it is always on my nightstand. I have several copies... I may be a bit obsessed.
Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins. This captured my imagination when I was 17, and it's hard to find a writer with a better mastery of the simile.
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. Probably because it's a strong female character, and I love the descriptions of the medicinal herbs and remedies, as well as the hunting techniques.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. For so many, many reasons, not the least of which is the sheer volume of it. When I fall in love with a book, I want it to never end. And this one practically never ends!
The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. It's such a well-thought-out world, with back-stories and connections that rival Tolkien.
What is your writing process?
Being a very methodical, organized person, I begin with the inspiration (who the hell knows where that comes from!), then create a detailed outline, including timelines and character analyses. The original outline usually changes about halfway through, and I create an updated one. The beginning of the process is very boring, but without it, I couldn't do the fun part!
Describe your desk
My lap. I live with three Boston Terriers and one toddler; by necessity, everything I need is on my laptop. If I have pieces of paper lying around with bits of story on them, they will get eaten, drooled on, or coated in peanut butter.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Once I decided not to send my writing out to publishers, I became more relaxed about writing, more prolific, and happier doing it. When I realized that I could self-publish on Smashwords, I realized that I could have my cake and eat it, too; I could enjoy writing without feeling pressured, and I could get my work out there for people to actually read.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have been guilty of judging books by their covers, but I also go by word-of-mouth and by reading the synopsis.
In what environment do you feel you write best?
My favorite place to write is outside. On the rare occasions when I have an hour or two to myself, I will take my smartphone on a hike. Once I find a nice place, I will sit down, enjoy the fresh air, and generally produce my best work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The sense of accomplishment in creating something that no one has ever created before.
What are you working on next?
My husband brought up an interesting idea about living on a farm, and I'm currently tossing that around in my head.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. They are supportive, loving, funny, and a little crazy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first short story when I was in my late teens. It was terribly depressing, and I will never show it to anyone.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Home-canning, jogging, 3D digital designing, reading, and watching Netflix.
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