So many of them. Tolkien, Rowlings, Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, on and on ...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot to me. I wrote this book for people to enjoy. It was my intent to write something fun, humorous and entertaining to help get people's minds off of all the negative things going on in the world today. I wanted to write something that had elements of Wizard of Oz, Tolkien, and Harry Potter, and I think I achieved that.
What are you working on next?
A book based on one of the characters in Faraway, a 12 year tomboy magician's daughter named Magnolia Bannister. She is the only child of Beauregard and Dorothea Bannister, who own and operate the magic steamship, the Theodora. I love her character. It will be a much shorter book. I'm also working on short children's stories that I plan to bring together into one volume at a later date.
When did you first start writing?
Age nine. I wrote zany, imaginative stories that my 5th grade teacher loved and read to the class, subsequently embarrassing me, lol.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Nurenburg, Germany to a military family. My dad was an officer in the army, my mother was one of the first women to serve in the Marines, during WWII. For the first several years of my life we traveled extensively and I was able to see a lot of the United States by age ten. It opened up a realm of experience that inspired me. And, there was a library just one block from the house. I'd go up there a few times a week as a kid and sit and read books until it was time for supper.
What is your writing process?
Free style. I write the whole story out then go back and refine and polish the characters, strengthen the story, revise the content. As I was writing Faraway it poured from my thoughts like it had already been written and I was just a tool to put it down into words. I had never experienced that before - it was a nice experience.
How do you approach cover design?
I do it myself if I can't find an artist. I did the cover art for Faraway just two days before publishing it as an ebook. I wanted something whimsical that fit in with the content of the book. I found images on the internet that pertained to the story but couldn't locate the artists. I started out in life after high school being an artist, then migrated to writing.
What are your favorite books, and why?
The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, anything with a stretch of imagination. I have a very active, creative, imaginative spirit and am drawn to kindred writers and their works.
Have you a suggestion for new Indie authors?
Yes. Believe in yourself - and believe in what you are doing. Don't allow others, through indifference or slight, stomp on your dreams.
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