Interview with S. M. Stryker

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Stolen Innocence is the first story I wrote
What is your writing process?
I come up with a basic idea and as I write, I let the characters tell the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I was never an avid reader growing up. The book that influenced me the most was FSOG. Not because of the content of the book, but because of the story behind it. It made me appreciate my husband more than I did.
How do you approach cover design?
It depends on the story. With Stolen Innocence, I wanted the female character to be innocent looking. I want my covers to look as close to the characters as possible
What are your five favorite books, and why?
FSOG
Crossfire series
Gabriel's Inferno series
Damaged - HM Ward
The Dark Duet series

These were the first books that I started to read. The first two because I knew I wasn't along with sexual abuse. But all of them because I just love the story. I have read all of them multiple times.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance. I have ober 2000 books in my Ipad and I try to read something that moves me emotionally
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started out with paperbacks, But because I like a lot of Indie authors, I have switched to Ipad, or Iphone
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am so new at this, I am using Facebook primarily
Describe your desk
I sit at my sofa, with a TV tray. I have an office with a big desk and PC, but I don't want to be closed off from the family, so I am in the middle of the living room.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Stolen Innocence is a lot of my life. I grew up in a very small country community and did what Parker did. With the exception of my mother is not past, and I have two brothers, the beginning of my book was my life.
When did you first start writing?
April 2014
What's the story behind your latest book?
My life rearranged
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Healing and I thought I had a story to tell.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I hope so. I guess we will see once the book is online.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making new friends with my characters. Giving them a wonderful life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! without them I am nobody.
What are you working on next?
A boy that grew up in a verbally and physically abusive home that found his true love in first grade
Who are your favorite authors?
Vi Keeland
Tijan
HM Ward
Nora Roberts
EL James
Cheryl McIntyre
Jasinda Wilder
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My book friends
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Family or reading
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most by their description. If I have read the author before, I will always go back to them
Did you lose your job due to Stolen Innocence
Yes, due to the nature of this book I was fired. I tried to explain that it was a healing process for me, but that didn't matter to them. That was in May 2014.
Published 2014-09-02.
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Books by This Author

For Better or For Worse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,380. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
They were best friends. But when Alec and Natasha's parents were killed in a tragic accident, all of their lives change forever. This story is about lost love and how through tragedy Connor (Nash) and Natasha (Nat) find each other again. But, there are secrets that neither of them was aware of. Secrets that have already killed Alec, will those secrets kill Nash and Nat too?
Then There Was You
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,090. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Liam has been so many people he can hardly remember who he really is. Walking away from the woman he loved to keep her safe, he wonders if he will ever be able to have a normal life. The trial starts in a week. When Finn’s Gram dies, she says goodbye to the only home she has ever felt safe in, but before she leaves there's one late favor she promised her best friend… Another blind date.
Whispers In The Wind
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,780. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Callie thought her life was finally changing, she was going to get that brass ring. Then tragedy once again hit her and she once again lost everything that she held dear to her. She only just existed. When she met Maison, she thought her life was back on track. As the co-owner of one of the hottest clubs in town, things were finally looking up. What she didn't know was that Maison had secrets.
Anchored To Love
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,130. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Have you ever found the love of your life then lost them over a misunderstanding?  Have you ever had a dream just at the tips of your fingertip and watched as it slipped between them, lost forever.  Have you ever had a dream ripped out of your hands only to be given another dream; a dream you were never expecting. 
Loving Redemption
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,030. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Mitchell grew up alone. Given away as a young child, he knew he would never be loved. Raised in the foster system and going from home to home, he had no family. Until he joins the Marines. Then it was taken away and he was alone again. Raven grew up without a mother. Running away from home at sixteen to try and find her mother. Then Mitchell, walks into her life turning it upside down.
The Locket
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,800. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Samantha learned at an early age that life isn't always fair. When her mother re-marries and she receives an older brother that takes advantage of her innocence, she learns that there is more to family than words and actions. Oliver used to be a carefree boy until a horrifying incident takes his family away. He has learned one important lesson at his young age, 'Protect those you care about.
Sacrifice Of Love
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,240. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Two people who Never Expected Love are brought together But will the demons secrets and fears of their past stop them from their future?
Never Expected Love
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,960. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Two people who Never Expected Love are brought together But will the demons secrets and fears of their past stop them from their future?
Never Forgotten Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,080. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Beckett was abused by his mother, the one person who should love him unconditionally. His best friend is Harlow. They dreamed of a future together. Until Beckett had to move and leave Harlow behind, he was thirteen and devastated. They promised to stay in touch. Will Beckett find Harlow? Will she forgive him for breaking their promise? Maybe she is married already, what demons does she carry?
Stolen Innocence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,550. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Haunted by her years of abuse, Parker Dane tries to leave her past behind her starting a new life for herself. Then she meets Ian Blake, will her demons make her run away again or will her past catch up to her trying to pull her back. Ian Blake has just seen Parker Dane for the first time, will he be able to meet her and save her from her demons or will he be caught in the crossfire.