I typically discover new ebooks through recommendations from friends and colleagues, searching through amazon, & social media (eye capturing facebook ads mostly).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was in either first or second grade. The story was about a female worker bee whose Queen had been captured. With the fate of the hive resting in the balance, the bee had to go on a great adventure to find her Queen before everyone she loved perished. One of my writing mentors keeps the story and reminds me of it from time to time.
What is your writing process?
I tend to write in the mornings (or when no one else is home). I like to use an outline to help me keep track of people, places and things. My outlines generally have character pictures, and the high points that I want to hit in the story. I like to think of novel writing like creating a person. First there is the first draft, or the bones. Then, in the second draft, you add ligaments. These are the things that keep the characters and plot connected. After that is muscle, or what powers your story from beginning to end. Fill it with parts that keep your heart racing and the pages turning. That's going to be the lifeblood of the story. Then, wrap it up in a nice bow of skin. That's the final draft. Dress it up with pretty clothes, nice hair, great accessories, otherwise known as a pretty cover, nice formatting, great marketing. Don't forget to educate it by using a good editor. Finally, when your new novel is ready to step out into the world, give it a shove of determination and desire. And there you have it. My writing process.
How do you approach cover design?
I search for covers that show off my characters and a bit about the plot. Since I write mostly romance, I love to show the couple on the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
A lot of science fiction romance. I'm a sucker for an alien or a mysterious planet. I also like a lot of regency and some contemporary. I know, i'm all over the place.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My tablet with a Kindle app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, mailing list have been a great tool. Legitimate e-book sites have also been great. I haven't found a hit with social media post as a marketing tool. They are more of an exposure and networking tool for me.
Describe your desk
The family computer table. It has notebooks on one side, and business stuff on the other. I rest my wrist on a ball of blue yarn that's been stretched out. I really have to find my own writing space.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an upper middle class neighborhood in Queens, New York. The New Yorker in me is beginning to shine through. In The Slave Planet Part 2 (coming soon) the first scene is set in New York City. It really makes me miss home. My urban fictions (coming soon) are also heavily influenced by my old neighborhoods.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My last book is called The Slave Planet. I grew up in the MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS era, and I always wondered what that would be like if it were true. I used to tell my classmates that I was from Venus (yes, I was a weird kid). So, I took the concept of separating the genders on a global scale, and ran with it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to get my books out there. Growing up, only three people ever read anything that I did. I am hoping to expand that reach as time goes on.
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