Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Calgary, Alberta. I learned early on that I'd have to work for what I wanted. At eleven years old I wanted a horse. My dad told me "When you have the money to buy one, you can buy one." So I worked for a year babysitting after school and then bought my first horse. That lesson has stayed with me. I wanted to work with racehorses, so I did. I decided seven years ago to write a book and while it has taken awhile, due to kids and life, I did it as well. Never be afraid to dream big, and go for it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I was twelve years old and in grade six. We had to read a book. As a horse crazy kid, I choose Walter Farley's 'The Black stallion'. After that I was hooked on reading.
How do you approach cover design?
As an artist myself, I usually have an idea in my head of what I want, and then ask my wonderful designers if they can do it. I usually help find stock photos that resemble what my characters look like, and then let my designer do the work. I am also learning how to make my own covers, but I have high standards, so they won't be seen/used unless they are good.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have just five. I have a few favorite series/authors. I love-love-love Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters, Acheron being my favorite in that series, as well as her League series, book 6; Born of Silence my favorite in that one. I also love all of J.R. Wards Black Dagger brotherhood. Donya Lynne's AKM series, Nalini singh, Faith Hunter's jane Yellowrock series, Patrica Briggs Mercy Thompson series, plus, J.F. Lewis' Void City Vampire's are the funniest books I have ever read! And in Fantasy I loved Christopher Paolini's Eragon series and am blown away that he wrote the first book at only 15 yrs old!
What is it that you love about the books you mentioned are your favorites?
I love the deep, complex witty characters! The story can be great, but without great characters to fall in love with it, it is just okay for me. You can't help but fall in love with them and want to be a part of their world. I also like how there are a big cast of characters and they become like a family, all looking out for each other.
What do you read for pleasure?
Read the above answer.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle app on my ipad.
When did you first start writing?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I noticed that the market was changing and then I took a class at our little college on self-publishing. That convinced me to go this way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have these characters running around in my mind, living their lives and hounding me to get it all written down. One of the greatest joys is when I have successfully managed to get the scene they are showing me written, the 2nd is when I hear from fans about how much they love my stories, how they've been sucked in, and can't wait for more.
What are you working on next?
About 5-10 more stories, most intertwined with the Dracones or Dragonkind series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm on my phone telling me to get the kids ready for school. After that I am up and there is no going back, no matter how little sleep I got the night before. It has been this way for the last couple years since I got serious about my book. My mind wont shut off. :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Marketing, learning, reading, riding the trails in my community and along the base of the mountain, shuttling kids or my parents somewhere, cooking, cleaning, and occasionally drawing or painting and watching my favorite TV shows.
What made you decide to start writing?
I read a book one day that I didn't like the ending, so I decided I should write my own characters, doing what I wanted them to do, and so I started.
What inspires you?
My love of the books I mentioned earlier inspires me to write books with hopefully, equally lovable characters.
Describe your desk
My desk is messy, never enough room it seems.
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