My desk is a vintage white four drawer desk. My husband found it on the side of the road from someone moving. I had to have it. I love vintage things. Next to my desk is my husband's literature.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Mississippi. I was in foster care and adopted. I like to think that it influences my writings by making the main characters so relate-able to my readers.
When did you first start writing?
My earliest memories of writings were on an old vintage typewriter. I would type all kinds of letters, thinking they were actually words, I was too young to read. I would then read my stories to my siblings.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My mother is an Independent author, so I thought I could follow in her footsteps.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing to me is seeing my characters come to life. They become living and breathing people to me and I just want them happy.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include a range of types of writers. I like John Grisham, Stephan King, Richard Wright, Tracie Peterson, James Patterson, Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, and others. These are the ones off the top of my head.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband is my inspiration to get out of bed. I strive to make him proud of me. I would say that my writing is a very close second.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I spend my time watching movies, playing with my therapy cat, or spending time with my husband.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually stumble across them or are referred to them by other books I read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the very first story I ever wrote, but one of the first ones I can remember was about a girl named Raven. She was kidnapped and raised by a man that wanted her to be his wife. He never did anything inappropriate, he raised her and he fell in love. He provided everything she ever needed, except freedom. Finally when she got older, he had to set her free. It was not a typical happy ending.
What is your writing process?
My writing process differs between my works. Most of the time I am writing furiously, but sometimes I stop and take breaks to play with my family. I never know how my stories will end. I cultivate the characters in my mind and let them tell their stories through me. I kind of get attached to them.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Howliday Inn (Bunnicula and friends) by James Howe. It was about a dog and cat that had to stay in a bungalow while their owners were away. They were scared of the vampire bunny that was rampaging everywhere. They were very superstitious animals. This book opened my eyes to how fun reading can and should be.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
My top favorite books are:
"The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck This book appealed to me, because of the emotional roller coaster I was on and the graphic details of how hard life could be when relying on the Earth to survive. "Black like Me." by John Howard Griffin I love African American Literature. This one is dear to my heart because of the reality it brought to the struggles people had just to survive. "Jane Erye" Charlotte Bronte This is just a classical "Girl" book. I got swept away by the romance, but also the super twisting climax and ultimately the happy ending.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all kinds of things for pleasure. My most recent reading is of "The Divine Comedy" by Dante
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love to read on my Kindle. I have the Kindle touch, just so I don't stay up and read all night.
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