My desk has lots of pens, paper, tons of books, and of course my trusty laptop. I know the art of research through books is lost, but I still love having several volumes opened, scanning for information and ideas.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My childhood is an interesting story in of itself and perhaps someday I'll write a book about it. But to answer the question, I attribute my childhood years to Wisconsin, Colorado, and Montana. I spent my time outside, running the neighborhoods, mountain trails, and country trails. I spent a lot of time on my own as a kid and so I utilized my imagination to keep myself entertained. Even to this day I have an overactive imagination.
When did you first start writing?
Actually I've always written. I've kept a journal for as long as I can remember and as a teenager I use to write poetry, though I never shared it with anyone. It was a secret I held very closely. It wasn't until I was in college that I realized how much I truly loved to write, and honestly its all I wanted to do. If homework didn't involve writing, it was a bit of a drag.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Honestly, its complicated to explain. In the story you'll find that Survine is on a journey of self discovery and this involves a lot of heavy philosophical concepts about life and death and who we really are. I think we all have a lot of the questions she attempts to tackle in this book, and the second book. Most importantly I hope to show the importance of loving who you are, because we are all so very unique and this is a beautiful thing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Haha! This is a funny question to me because at first I didn't even know it was an option. I wrote because I couldn't stop myself and didn't want to. Of course it was a goal to finish the story (which hasn't quite happened since there are two more books to be written), but I wrote because I fell in love with the characters and their voices just kept rambling on in my head. I did try to query a few agents, but my heart wasn't in it, and to be honest, my queries were terrible. This is when my mother-in-law sent me an article on self-publishing, and that was it. I decided it was the right avenue for me to pursue.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Doors of the unknown being opened. This is also the joy of reading, but writing is a limitless blank slate where I can create my own worlds. And that is my favorite part, the creation.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them, there is no story. I have created the characters, and it was a joy to do, but without the readers they have no life. The readers give the characters their breath and soul. So thank you all for your amazing support!
What are you working on next?
Faithful Fallen the second book in the Eden Series.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so, so, many that I love. And I'm a mood reader. I have no specific genre that I favor in my reading because I love them all. But a few authors have impacted my life and changed the way I view the world: Lois Lowry, The Giver Terry Goodkind, Sword of Truth Series Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Jane Austen, Persuasion James Redfield, Celestine Prophecy
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Actually I love life. I am enjoying the experience, even the downs, which are inevitable. I have found that perspective is an invaluable tool, and one that can change at any time. To remain positive, turns on a light even in the darkest hours.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love my family. There is nothing at all in the world like the connection you find among family.
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