When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with my husband doing couple's kind of stuff. I also run, garden and play with my dogs. Oh and I work full time as a CPA.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth, my mom usually. She reads tons and always has good recommendations. I also check out the various e-mails I receive for anything that might grab my attention. Of course there's best seller's lists, but I don't read something just because it's trending or the hot topic.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in fifth grade and we had to pick a subject and write a little story. I wrote about a girl and her cat. My teacher told me my descriptions were 'too flowery'. I happen to like flowers!
What is your writing process?
I start with an outline that is not very detailed, but gets the basic premise and main characters in front of me. And then I write. I write everyday after work and most of the weekend. On days when the ideas aren't flowing, I go back through and edit. A lot of people complain about editing, but I like it. Not saying I'm the greatest at catching everything, or I could be a pro editor, but I do enjoy the challenge of making my words the best possible.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There are so many, but The Velveteen Rabbit stuck with me for a long time. In fact to this day I can't throw away my stuffed animals. As I got older there were the classics, Jane Eyre being one of my favorites. On the darker side, I followed Stephen King closely and tried to read everything he wrote, but especially enjoyed The Stand.
How do you approach cover design?
For my first book I did my own design. I haven't decided on how I'll approach the second in the series. If I ever make it big, I'll hire someone to create my covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jane Eyre The Stand I Am Legend Atlas Shrugged The Book Thief
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever I'm in the mood for at the moment. The only genre I don't like is romance. I don't mind a story that has romance, but I don't read those where romance is the story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
i-Pad or Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth, placing ads with a variety of e-book marketers, book giveaways. I used to use Twitter and Facebook, but didn't get much traction there.
Describe your desk
My dining room table. We never use it for dining, so I commandeered it for writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In a small industrial town in the Midwest. There wasn't much to do so I spent a lot of time reading. And because there wasn't much to do, I joined the military and traveled around the country. I met my husband in the military. The experiences I had after leaving home were a big influence in my life.
When did you first start writing?
I first started being serious about writing about seven years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was perusing the internet and came across an article about Sundogs. A atmospheric phenomenon that is basically ice crystals reflecting off the sun, making it appear as if the sun is flanked by crescent suns. Anyway, this got me thinking what if...and the book took off from there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did a lot of research about both trad and indie publishing and thought I'd give the DYI route a try. Besides, no one would answer my query letters.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I wish I could say Smashingly, but my sales with Smashwords are almost non-existent compared to that other place where I sell my book. I'm a new author with only one book out so far, so maybe in time they will improve.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
All of it. Getting deep into the story, connecting with the characters, becoming lost in whatever world I create. I don't like The End. I feel like a part of my life is ending.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know that I have fans:) That sounds like something for a famous person. I value my readers and hope one day they will become fans.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to The Harvest. I'm planning for a June-July release date.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King Anne Rice Ayn Rand
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life does. If I didn't have to sleep I wouldn't. I'd stay up all night writing, reading, watching movies. Sleep is such a waste of time, but one of those things you can't avoid.
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