When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a guitarist and I do boxing as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Any ebook will be categorised by genre. So depending on the mood I will select a genre and when it comes to reading a book....I'll analyze the style of the author and can decide the worthiness of the content.
At the end of 2016, I was given an assignment - mini thesis on a topic that I chose. Its about sugar. Later, I decided to write a book as its product. That is my first experience writing a book and it was finally published.
I’ve been writing professionally for one year, though spent my entire childhood and adolescence writing. It was the only way I could make sense of the changes and experiences I was going through at the time; I guess it was therapy in a way. I stopped writing once I graduated university – life got in the way – and picked up a pen ten years later after my second miscarriage when I once again needed a way to make sense of my world.
WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
I write Australian rock romance for adult audiences. Think dingy live music venues, dirty guitar riffs, thundering drum beats and smokin hot men.
There are so many books that I enjoy and for various reasons. So you can see why having a good answer to this question would be difficult.
If I had to choose, though, I would have my top picks be: Dante Alighieri, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, and Michael Crichton.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I struggle with depression on a daily basis so sometimes that question is more difficult to answer than others. The majority of the time I don't have a reason for getting out of bed other than I want to continue living. I have three lovely parakeets, a fiance, and my writing to embrace.
So I guess you could say those are my reasons for getting out of bed.
Years ago, my aunt and uncle got me a Kindle for Christmas. Since that Christmas, Kindle has been updated many times but I still use my Kindle 2nd generation. It doesn't have color, connecting to wi-fi is hard, moving through the pages is slow, it's not touch-screen, and not as user-friendly as the new versions of kindle. But it still works, so I don't care. Until my good, old kindle dies on me, I don't plan on buying another e-reader.
What is your writing process?
When I was younger I would just dive in without any outline or real commitment. It wasn't uncommon for me to start one manuscript, get bored after the initial buzz, and move on to my new lover. Of course, this process wasn't very productive, especially when I decided to write professionally.
Now, I work on one manuscript at a time, though I will edit and write two separate manuscripts occasionally. I still don't use outlines though many writers swear by them. For me, outlining takes all the fun out of the process and makes it too rigid. I'm not saying a little guidance is harmful to the end product. I'm only saying that getting lost is the best way to find the unexpected.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mostly in Durango and Boulder, Colorado. The beautiful natural setting, plus what I learned about what we used to call "conservation" in school, turned me into a confirmed environmentalist. Environmentalism and politics are inseparable, of course, so I am a political Progressive as well. I believe in all sorts of weird stuff like man-made climate change, population control, sustainable forestry and Permaculture. My environmental activism consists mainly of writing about these issues, both in my weekly newspaper column and on my website at ecotecture.com
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Whew! Tough question. The first story I can remember reading — outside of school — was Tarzan at the Earth's Core, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story, as I recall, was about Tarzan dropping through an extinct volcano into a world called "Pellucidar," where paleolithic mammals such as Saber Toothed Tigers and Wooly Mammoths roamed.
I think the lasting impact is that I learned that I could actually read a whole book and love every minute of it. Later that summer (fifth grade?), I read the "Children's Version of the Odyssey," and I've haven't stopped reading since.