I began my career in writing about eight years ago. College courses brought back my interest, as I've enjoyed writing throughout my years in school. What can I say? My brain is more on the creative side instead of the mathematical side. In elementary school, I remember loving the assignments that required writing stories. My mind would wander and I was off in a world of my own.
When I became an adult, my imagination still ran wild, but I kept it inside. As time went on I felt like I had something to share and began writing again.
I think my shyness of writing came from my early years in elementary school. I had a teacher and a teacher's aide in my first grade class. I had a unique way of writing then. Not that the words I had written were screaming "future writer" or anything, but the fact that I would write with my right hand and once that hand was tired I would switch to my left hand. I would switch back and forth until the assignment was done. The teachers would discuss me (as if I couldn't hear them) while standing behind my chair. I remember feeling quite embarrassed at the time. Maybe I associate writing with the embarrassment?
What's the story behind your latest book?
I joined a chat room associated with a game on Facebook. Through the nine month long journey, I discovered a group of friends who traveled with me on a path I will never forget. The experience was one of deception, love and drama. I felt the trip was worthy of a book. The book is based on notes I took over the course of my membership inside the chat room. Actual chat is added to each chapter, to capture the raw emotions from daily conversations.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've wanted to write a book for years. I wasn't sure which topic I wished to cover, but the experience I had inside the chat room led me straight to the desk and so the book was written. Having several friends who have written books and have had them published by a publishing house made me aware of the downfalls of publishing a book in that way. Electronic books seem to be the way to go; without worry of editors wanting to change the way you write or how you want your book to reveal your story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I have in writing is the ability to let your imagination flow. Since this is a non-fiction piece, the imagination is held back somewhat, but the memories resurface. It's good to write down memories. Everyone should keep a journal of their own experiences.
What do your fans mean to you?
Being a freelance writer for years, I have quite a few "followers". I guess you could call them "fans". Without an interest from people, there would be no book or any reason to write. Fans are what keeps artists going, quite literally.
What are you working on next?
"Uncanny Warrior" is my next project.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My writing. My family and my rescue pets.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm away from my desk, which isn't that often, I enjoy spending time with my family and my pets.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have written so many over the years, but I recall one paper I wrote in college that seemed to impress the instructor. We were to write about an event that had happened in our lives. I wrote a story that received an 'A' and was read in front of the class.
It was a story about how I survived a scary escape from police in a car that was driven by a man I didn't know. My friend and I hopped into a car with a guy she knew. We picked up another guy she was friends with and began to drive around. The guys were drinking but we weren't.
We were pulled over by an officer who was just going to ask why we were out after curfew. Things became hectic very quickly as the driver took off. We raced at high speeds with police cars chasing us for miles. At one point, the driver attempted to jump over the grassy meridian and the car went up on two wheels.
We were eventually pulled over. It was an experience that was terrifying and one I won't ever forget. As I was writing the paper, I became so involved with the emotions that it all came flowing out on the paper. The teacher loved it, as did the class and I knew then that was the real way to write. Experience. That's the real teacher.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Smyrna, Tennessee, but grew up in Eugene, Oregon. I don't know what influence this had on my writing, but the education system here offered the opportunities to learn how to write effectively. Eugene is a beautiful, quiet place overall. It's nice to be able to grab a laptop and sit by the river to write your next story.
I guess that's probably how living in Eugene has influenced my writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I did some research into a background design. I chose a photograph produced by Nakinze Ozturk, uploaded to freeimages.com. Once I had the background, I worked with Paint 3D to complete the project.
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