I love my niece. So I baby sit her every chance I get. We were home one day, when a big cat jumped over the fence in the back and then sauntered over to our living room window, hoping to take a glimpse of something or someone, I think! It just sat there making small sounds, scratching on the glass as if it wanted in. My niece was delighted. She named her Tabby and then asked if we could get her something to eat. She came up with the idea of baking cupcakes for her new friend. And that was the moment when the book was born!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's just so easy and empowering to be able to publish your own book! As an author, you are not the whim and quirks of a publishing house. You and your audience connect directly and easily. We really do live in very good writing times!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just launched Zoya, The Cat's Baker today! Hopefully, it will be smashing success on Smashwords!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Freedom. I feel free every time I can imagine something different. Writing, after all, starts with an idea in the head and the heart. Putting it all on paper comes next, sometimes much later. If everything is in this material world is an act of intention and then of creativity, then to write is to be a creator in every sense of the word. You haven't lived if you don't create.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They give you the confidence to write, again and again. They are why creating is a joy.
What are you working on next?
Another illustrated book but this time for my 4-year nephew. I have to! They want to be as famous as their cousin!
Who are your favorite authors?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The act of doing, of creating, of solving a creative problem.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I golf, I play tennis and squash. I run and do power-training. And yes, I love to watch movies, any genre with a great story.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth. From friends, from kids who are discovering new reads through their friends and peers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote this heart-rending poem when I was 10 years old. It was about a blackbird that had a thorn stuck in her heart. But she sang even as she bled to death! Yes, pretty somber. I was that kind of kid. But writing kind of saved me from everything that was somber and sad in my life as a child.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea, I madly scribble on scraps of paper, even empty envelopes, I edit, I re-write, sometimes I discard the idea because it is not evocative. Sometimes it is so I just run with it, collecting reviews, and people who can help me make it real.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Gone with the Wind. It was the thickest book I ever read at age 13. It was my introduction to an America, at least of a time-frame that I knew nothing about prior to reading the book. It also had the most chilling ending, I remember thinking. Love unrequited or love lost is such a terrible thing.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to evoke an emotion in me. It is, after all, an introduction to the book, its visual preface. Yes, I do judge a book (though momentarily) by its cover!
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance novels. I am kind of addicted to them. They take me away from the strains of everyday life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Author reading at library and bookstores in the summe.r
Describe your desk
Chaos, only I know to manage.
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