I read whatever I can get my hands on. Sometimes, I will go back to old favorites - or I will try a completely different genre. I like to switch it up. Often, if I find an Author that I enjoy, I will read all of their books. I don't like to put myself into any particular genre however, because I don't want to miss out on all the wonderful possibilities out there!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a lot as a child -- but if I had to pick one of the very first chapter books that really had an impact on me... it would be The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I fell in love with that book. I wanted to be walking the halls with Mary Lennox in that big old house and every time she used the key to the garden... I felt anxious and excited to see what she was going to find.
It's a beautiful story, and allowed my imagination to latch on to it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
While I love holding onto a fresh book -- I would say that my e-reading device is simply my android phone. It's convenient and easy to read with.
Describe your desk
hahaha-- I wish I could have cleaned this area up before getting this question. Currently, I have several cans of seltzer water (my obsession) around me. An empty plate -- a few different books-- lots and lots of post it notes (currently writing book 2 of The Suicide Series) some chocolate pretzels(another obsession). I have two monitors -- and it's not very neat on my desk. Everything is strewed around like a tornado came through and only hit my desk. ;)
When did you first start writing?
I was very young when I started writing -- in fact.. I was writing stories before I could even write words. I had pages and pages of just scribbles. I would clear my throat and read them to my grandmother -- who thankfully just sat there and let me do my thing. I wrote my first full length novel when I was 15 -- but it never saw the light of day, and got lost in the shuffle. Story writing and telling have always been a huge part of my life!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote Suicide Whisperer during NaNoWriMo a few years ago. I shelved it for several years, and then pulled it out and gave it the attention it needed. I always thought I would write pure romance, but Suicide Whisperer took me on an adventure that I didn't see coming. The characters lead the way, and I was truly their puppet as I wrote. I didn't know where it was going to go until it got there -- and I had no idea that it would turn into a series. I was only going to write one book. I thought that was all the story needed, but that was not the case. In fact, I never expected to have anything paranormal in the book at all. Thankfully, I listened and the story unfolded.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This one is easy. I sat down to write a query letter for one of my other books. I sat there for hours staring at a blank screen. I asked myself -- why am I selling myself to a publisher? Will that publisher be one of my faithful readers? The answer was most likely no. I knew that becoming an indie author would mean putting in hours and hours of work formatting and marketing, but at the end of the day -- I only want my books to be approved by my readers... that is what is most important to me. I couldn't sum that up in a query letter. So, I didn't write one. I never submitted traditionally, and I have been keeping the indie author mindset ever since!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to design a world that others lose themselves in. How amazing is that? I get to create characters that my readers will relate to, or love or hate. I get to pour all my thoughts and feelings into words that will reach someone else -- on whatever level they allow it to. I get to make people smile and cry and feel, with words!
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