My office desk? I can't stand clutter. If it's cluttered, I can't write. I have all sorts of things all over it though too. A large Mac - the big screen saves my eyes on editing days. The desk is large enough to help me run several projects at once because I do far more than just writing during my day. A ton of colored pens to help me draw, plot or plan in my day planner or my notebook. Unfortunately, some days there are a pile of bills or business papers too LOL
I share an office with the dog, cats and my husband (and writing partner) when he's home from the day job and road trips.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Woodbridge, VA. I was very shy as a child and had my nose buried in a book more often than not. I still have a couple of my favorite ones on my shelves. Of course, now I have 4 book shelves in every room of the house. The love of the story is what pulled me into creating my own. I love crafting new names, new characters, new and new stories. I'm happy I can share them. Of course, I have about 36 manuscripts on my hard drive now that are still in the works. I am grateful that my family let me pursue my passion of reading AND writing.
When did you first start writing?
My first story? I wrote when I was three...something about bunny rabbits. I think my mother still has it. The next one I remember was about aliens invading - I might have been in the 5th grade? Then, junior year of high school, I wrote my first young adult novel based on two genetically engineered sisters. Since then, I've been writing at least a book a year. Now, to get them all published!
What's the story behind your latest book?
LOL, which one is the latest one? I have edits to finish on Gaian, Glacial and Wystin for the Goddess Series. Edits to finish on San, Chi...and I think one more for the Urban Samurai series that I write with Nick.
The Goddesses came to me during an RWA conference. Of course, I've been told numerous times that goddess aren't classified as paranormal...which I laugh at now. The Urban Samurai series was supposed to be about each sister individually, but somehow, Ryan and Shia took over. The series has taken off with those two.
I have several young adult and contemporary romances that are waiting to get published too. I love the never-ending well of creativity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did the traditional publishing route with one of the first non-fiction books and quickly realized, I was doing ALL the work. My background is documentation and formatting and editing. Once I found an amazing cover artist, there was really no reason to not do it all myself. I've got great connections who have taught me print formatting with the updated Adobe software. And, I can control my timelines and release dates. It allows me faster publishing times (although one can't tell with the length between my publishing dates). This year, 2016, I intend to fix that with several books being released this year.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Actually, I don't know yet! I'm just getting started here. I can't wait to see what the future holds!
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