I am currently working on Sugar's Faith, which is the fourth and final book in the Sugar Series. In this book Sugar and Van go to Ireland where he discovers the truth about his family and his father, something he wasn't expecting. I am also currently fleshing out the next two books in The Northern Lights Series, Autumn's Reflections and Winter's Rain.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me is the same thing that drives me, writing. I get out of bed so that I can take all those characters who are talking in my head and get their stories out on paper. Oh and the three kids and husband also kind of want me to get out of bed :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm hanging out with my kids, watching movies, baking, reading, visiting Sugar's World and plotting new stories. I also work closely with several amputee groups to promote and improve advancements in prosthetics.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a little bit more unusual than most. I never have the full story laid out when I start writing. I usually have the biggest scene ready to play out in my mind and I write that first, the rest of the book is based around that scene. I use it as inspiration and as a solid base for what the ultimate moral of the story is going to be.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design can be a real challenge. I have found that I do better making my own covers. I form the visual in my mind of what I want and then I make the cover. Once I have the cover I use it as inspiration if I get into a blockage that I can't get out of.
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read romantic suspense, mystery, or straight romance. I'm not a big fan of paranormal or Sci-Fi, something you really won't see in my writing either.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Oh boy, that's a hard question. I use my apple devices and have both kindle and nook apps on my phone and my iPad. I'm not really partial to either, as long as I can read I'll use either!
Describe your desk
This one is easy. My laptop on my lap, my legs propped up in the recliner and my mouse balanced on the arm of the chair. Best kind of desk there is!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Eau Claire Wisconsin, which is a pretty good size city. It's a very arts and entertainment centered community and it's a lot like Duluth Minnesota where my books take place. What I liked about Eau Claire was it was a big enough city to keep you active and engaged, but small enough that it felt friendly and welcoming.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans, or readers, mean everything to me because they are the reason I write. Being able to tell stories that impact people's lives and change the way they look at things is the most important thing for me. I would continue to write even if no one read it, but getting the feed back from the readers encourages, inspires and improves my writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really didn't intend to become an author, I was just a writer. When I finished Sugar's Dance I let a few people read it and they all told me I HAD to publish it. I really didn't know how to go about doing that, so I had to learn really quickly. Now, three years and five stories later I have learned more than I ever dreamed I'd know about publishing and being an indie author. I find it is great fun to talk with and engage my readers.
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