When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I really love to travel and cook, especially baking. I also enjoy the outdoors; gardening and spending time by the water. Mostly, though, if I'm not writing, I'm editing or rewriting.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was twelve when I started my first novel. I managed to write eighteen pages. I patterned the main character after myself (and have been patterning characters ever since) and it was about a girl trapped alone on an island with only dolphins for companions. I still have the "book."
What is your writing process?
It depends. If I'm writing scripts, I usually brainstorm each scene. If I'm writing a novel, I usually come up with a main idea and major characters and just write. My latest book was actually written by role-playing online.
How do you approach cover design?
I enjoy many different styles. If I want a good piece of digital art, I find an artist for it. If I decide to do photomanipulation or something like that, I've actually started doing it myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
JK Rowling, Douglas Adams and fanfiction. There are a lot of great writers who only write for fun.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Making sure you get people interested in reading the book before you publish it. Then they feel they are already a part of it and are left wanting more.
When did you first start writing?
The first I can remember wanting to be a writer was when I was twelve. The truth is, I can barely remember not wanting to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is a great story. I had been writing only scripts for a while and found a role-playing community on Tumblr. After doing that for a while, I found that there were some great writers there and I wondered why we couldn't come up with our own original characters and do the same thing. Only we would come up with something publishable. And From The Embers was born.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mostly it was years of hard work followed by years of rejection from traditional publishers. That and getting involved with a publisher that took my novel, but then charged an outrageous price, wouldn't negotiate with book stores and did no marketing. I thought, if everything is going to be left up to me to do, I might as well publish what I want and when I want.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is great in that it allows people to publish to so many different devices and formats. Many of my readers are scattered across the world and they can buy my books in whatever format they need. Plus, I love that I don't have to wait 18 months to actually see my books published.
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