I love crafting the characters and the dialogue. I play around with different scenarios and try to make sure I have a good laugh at my characters at some point. I enjoy the process of trying to see the world through the character's eyes.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is a humbling experience that there is someone out there who enjoys what I am doing. Fans remind me to enjoy what I am doing and to share it. I am always touched by the effort fans make to support my work.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read lots of romantic fiction and I love a good suspense story that keeps me guessing right to the end.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am inspired by the fact that I am alive and every day brings new opportunities to love and laugh. It doesn't always go that way, but I am inspired by the possibility...
What are you working on next?
I am working on a new series where I write from the male characters' perspective. I am aiming for romantic fiction with a mild touch of magic, of course.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it possible for me to seriously consider publishing my books. I have always written stories about something, but I never really thought to share them. It always seemed like an impossible task. I stumbled onto the Smashwords site while searching for fresh reads by new authors. The easy, user-friendly style of operation took away my anxiety and I gave it a shot. It has been a real education in the business of writing and publishing material.
What is your writing process?
I usually start out with a general idea of a plot. Then I allow my characters to unfold in various situations. I write a lots of dialogue and spend forever editing it all into a coherent story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up along the north coast in South Africa. Living near the sea has given me a relaxed, warm environment to allow my mind to wonder and create fantasy worlds.
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