Interview with Skye McNeil

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media platforms
Describe your desk
Varies ;) My work desk has a marble counter, but my desk at home is usually my lap.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
From 9 years old, I grew up in Ankeny, Iowa. To be honest, there's not much to do in Iowa, so I started writing stories. It started out as mandated assignments from English class, but morphed into a way of life for me. If I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing full length stories since I was 17 years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, The Editor's Barista, is based off my time spent in the Colorado Rockies. Of course, not everything that happens in the story is fact, but there are bits and pieces that are true.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoy getting to know my readers and Indie authors have the best opportunity to do exactly that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is creating an alternate universe where I can escape. I love losing myself to a book and I hope my readers do as well.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are amazing! They encourage me when I'm having a down day and inspire me to continue writing for them.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a sequel to The Editor's Barista as well as continuing my series after Donuts, Diamonds, and Assorted Details.
Who are your favorite authors?
That is a difficult question. I love Jane Austen, but I also am fond of Maya Banks, Diana Gabaldon, and Kat Martin. There's way too many to just pick one.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Other than a full-time job? But seriously, I look forward to working on my current stories whether it's editing, re-writing, or getting them sent to publishers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, teaching my dogs new tricks, photography, and volleyball to name a few.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover most of my books through social networking. If an author friend has a new book out, I'll gravitate to them if the title piques my interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it's currently being re-written. A task much easier said than done. The sequel for the first story is complete and waiting for the third.
What is your writing process?
For my writing process, I need soft music in the background. The genre usually doesn't matter, but it tends to be country or pop otherwise I start dancing. I free write with a yellow, legal pad and the pen must roll to perfection. Sometimes, I have an outline that I'll use. Most of the time, I have a notebook full of story ideas and I start writing based off one of those.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I read romance books. I encourage ones with erotic scenes but only if they're written correctly. Sometimes, I stop a book if the writing is sub-par. I like to read romance books with a hint of danger or mystery to keep me entertained.
Published 2017-02-06.
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