Entertaining my readers. I want to draw them in and touch their hearts. One of the wonderful things about reading is how it keeps you in a place and time better than any other medium. I want to create worlds, characters, and circumstances that keep the reader involved.
What do your fans mean to you?
More than they can ever know. It's great to hear from someone who enjoyed my work. I don't want to disappoint them. Knowing someone cares about what you do keeps you going.
What are you working on next?
A mystery about a serial killer. It's a bit of a departure, but has the elements I always find myself drawn to - history, relationships, and the tangled way things play out when the muse takes over.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some old school writers like James Michener, Taylor Caldwell, and Lucy Maud Montgomery, and new authors Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, and Michael Connelly.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I write in the morning. It's sort of like something I have to do. It just feels good.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love movies. When I was young, I wanted to act. I watched movies all the time and went to the local movie house once a week. In the nineties, I worked in a movie theater. I also spend time with my hubby and my pets, Trixie and Sammy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Now that I am an indie author, I've met others on Facebook and it's opened up a whole new world. Word of mouth and trying out new authors who offer coupons on Smashwords or have free days has helped me find some of my new favorites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was during high school. It was a story about a man who lost it all during the depression. It was for a history class.
What is your writing process?
I sit and write. I'm not sure that's a process, but as soon as I put my hands on the keyboard, the muse takes over and the story unfolds. The only thing I have to do is do it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Hawaii by James Michener when I was eleven. It gave me a desire to see the islands, which I have yet to do, but it also taught me how to tell a story. He loved to give the history of his characters, something I find myself doing as well. I love storytelling.
What do you read for pleasure?
Yes. Particularly fantasy and mystery. Anything that takes me away from reality for a little while is good.
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