What's the story behind your first published ebook?
101 Marbles is a short, true story about when my husband's parents bought him the bag of marbles he had been longing for and dreaming about as a boy. I wrote the book because of the underlying meaning in what happened to him. (Spoiler alert) As a result of his experience he has tended to figuratively hold onto his marbles as an adult. I think understanding our past can be liberating when it allows us to imagine alternative outcomes. My husband enjoyed the book and it was a great conversation starter.
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What motivated you to write your second book?
I have spent several years now investing a fair amount of money in attending writing conferences and pitching my completed novel. Each time I come away with more books on writing, more information crammed in my head, and I begin the revision process on my novel all over again. My second Smashwords book, Skate With Me, is a short story I recently discovered tucked away in a file folder. I didn't remember writing it and I loved seeing my hand-written copy, virtually "untouched" by all the writing research I have done. I probably wrote it twenty years ago. I was surprised how much actual writing skill I had when I just wrote, without all those "edit" voices in my head. I decided to publish the story with minimal edits in order to retain the fresh, original essence. I love the simplicity of 'boy meets girl' and I hope my readers will find the same enjoyment I did when I accidentally re-discovered this short read.