Interview with the Jazz

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time in school or at work. I'm a full-time fashion design student and a case aide at a children's placing agency, so my schedule is usually full with work, homework, or studying. When I do have extra time, I like to spend my time with friends, go for a drive, or just spend time with myself.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I actually don't read ebooks because I prefer having something tangible. I like to sticky not pages to go back to, highlight things, write in the margins... for the experience, and for the reference. I can't really get that with an ebook. I think that's pretty ironic, though. I don't prefer ebooks, but I publish ebooks. Quite the paradox, but I like to make my work as available and accessible as it can be.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. I started it while I was a sophomore in high school. It was supposed to be a fiction novel, but I lost the fist and only chapter I wrote. It was called "hell at your locker", and it was about a teenage girl who had a crush on the "new guy" and all the angst, drama, and puppy love that comes with that. It was a fun beginning; I wish I could find that chapter I wrote.
What is your writing process?
I write when I feel it. I usually just write my thoughts and feelings out, things I want to hear, [and] things I tell myself. I, also, only write when my heart is invested in it. I think that's how I can manage around having writer's block, because I don't force myself to write. I actually have a few other books that I started, but I couldn't finish them because of a lack of passion and inspiration. I have to have that, and once I do everything flows like water.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The very first story I ever read was "Those Who Hunt the Night", and I believe I was in the first grade at the time. That was, actually, the first book I ever read and how I started learning how to read. I would come home from school every day and read a few pages or a whole chapter, and my granddad would help me figure out how to pronounce the words I couldn't figure out on my own.

It's a wonderful and cherished memory of mine.
How do you approach cover design?
I use a lot of my own art for my book covers. I try to keep things as simple as possible because I'm a firm believer in less is more, but I like to make sure they're colorful and expressive.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order:

The Kite Runner - It's emotionally intense, spiritually stirring, and the plot is tragic, yet inspiring and wonderful to follow. It was one of my favorite books in high school.

Love, by David Morgan - The author is an amazing poet, a personal friend, and someone special. The story illustrated in the poems is sad, yet enjoyable and definitely something I could relate to my life.

Letter To My Daughter - Maya Angelou is my favorite author. I admire her transparency and her ability to encourage others through her stories, her accomplishments, and her poetry. she was a gifted and talented woman, and the stories she shares in the book inspired me to share my story in writing. They're honest, detailed, emotionally provoking, inspiring, encouraging, and motivating.

first you have to row a little boat - AWESOME read. Again, another author using their life's experiences as a means of inspiration and encouragement. It inspired me to be more encouraging and lesson-seeking in my life. It also motivated me to write books focused on doing just that for others.

The Traveler's Gift: An interesting, and enjoyable combination of fiction, self-help, and faith/spirituality. It inspired me to be more goal seeking and positive, while also seeking to make a plan of action and to execute. It was entirely motivating and encouraging, and the inclusion of faith is what made it that much better, in my opinion. We don't often see a narrative that paints a picture of God not leading the way but walking it with us, and wanting us to take the wheel... which was a nice change, difference, and perspective to have.
What do you read for pleasure?
Magazines, news articles, blogs, my Bible, my old journal entries, books... I read based on my mood and my time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer reading on my iPad or my laptop because of the bigger screen.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Pubbing on my social media sites really helps, and having physical copies in case anyone is interested in getting one immediately
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk., I have nightstands, my bed, and my windowsill. My bed stays clean for the most part, besides my Bible, laptop, and journal. My windowsill and nightstands have stacks of books, ones I've read and haven't read. The nightstand in front of my bed has a stack of encouraging books, my debate trophy, a faux lily, and my dry-erase calendar, all set on top of a tapestry I bought from the thrift last year.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in, both Las Vegas (NV) and DFW (TX). Honestly, just growing up and living really inspires me to encourage a theme of growth in all of my writing. Moving from Las Vegas all the way to Texas wasn't my ideal relocation, but that transition lasted me a few years after I got here [to Texas]. In those years, I experienced a lot of growing, building, becoming, and learning.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing short poems and songs when I was in middle school, and have been since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I went through a period of growth over the past few years since the last time I published something. My very first book was written during a time of growth for myself, so this second one is the product of all of that growth. I felt motivated and inspired to share it with others and encourage them to keep pushing thru the rough patches.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a natural love for writing, telling stories, encouraging people, and sharing my stories and experiences with others. I always wanted to publish a book, and once I published my first one I knew I was going to want to do it again.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just started using Smashwords, so I will have to update this answer another time... but so far it's helped me by allowing me another alternative to publishing my work. I'm waiting on approval from the publisher where I get my print copies, and was upset that I wasn't able to publish on the day I wanted. I remembered Smashwords and was able to publish this book, not on the day I wanted to but still soon enough.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my story, testimony, and love with other people.
Published 2016-02-16.
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Books by This Author

Just A Reminder
Price: $12.00 USD. Words: 850. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Daily affirmations
A collection of encouragement, hand-drawn doodles, and journaling exercises that is bound to inspire and motivate.