Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I wrote a couple of short stories when I was still in my early teens, mostly because I had to tell them. I didn’t do any serious writing until about 10 years ago when a friend encouraged me. It took me 3 years to write and publish my first novel, a paranormal romance (dreams – NOT vampires or werewolves, though I like those too). Once I did that, I was addicted. I’m currently revising my first novel, as it was rife with newbie mistakes, but I’m proud to say that I have come a long way.
Tell us about your books.
Currently, Skye’s Lure is the only fiction book I have published. It’s a mermaid urban fantasy novella that explores a forbidden human-mermaid relationship and pins the mermaid between what she wants and trying to protect herself and her people. I also have published Poetry in Composition: A Coffee Table Book of Poetry and Photos, as well as My Natural Birth Story: The Birthing Book I Wish I’d Read.
In the works are my original book, newly revised – Call Her Forth (title tentative), following Trent as he begins dreaming of a woman and how he deals with those dreams when they start affecting his real life.
Also, I am in the process of finalizing Antarctic Discovery (also a tentative title), a contemporary sci-fi story about the discovery of the Tower of Babel on the continent of Antarctica and a survivor they’re able to revive.
I have so many ideas, too. I just have to hack away at them one at a time.
How did you go about getting published?
I self-published initially because I didn’t feel my original story would ever get picked up by a traditional publisher. I’ve since learned a lot, and eventually want to become a hybrid author, but I feel I have a little more to prove to myself and to potential publishers when it come to marketing. My next step is to try the Kindle Scout program, which is kind of a cross between traditional publishing and self-publishing.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
No real process, unless you consider typing left-handed while holding or nursing a baby a “process.” 😀 I’ve recently adopted the snowflake method of plotting, and while my initial ideas tend to go on paper, most of my work goes on the computer, since I don’t like to do the double work of writing and then translating and typing up those notes.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I have a baby and a toddler that keep me busy, I do some book marketing on the side (so I know how expensive it can get!), and odds-and-ends writing, editing, and designing jobs. I dabble with graphic design, and design all my own covers.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
There are some amazing pre-designed covers out there, and they’re under $100, which is generally pretty affordable. I like to do my own, but I always use photos and blend them. Professional looking covers are a must. I know if the cover isn’t gorgeous and reflective of it’s genre, you’re going to turn away a lot of potential readers.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I know everybody says it, but cultivate a newsletter list. It’s the easiest and most effective marketing tool out there.
The other thing I often see (and shake my head at) is people who publish their book that ends with “The End.” The backmatter of the book is where you connect with your readers. Let them know where they can sign up for the newsletter, ask them to leave a review, and tell them about other books you’ve written (all on separate pages). If you’re not doing that, you’re missing out.
What’s your favorite book?
It changes from time to time, but currently it’s Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri
What are you reading now?
Begginings: Book 1 of the Family Heritage series by Andrew M. Ferrell
What’s your next book project?
I’m writing a prequel series of short stories following the introduction of magic to the world. Of course, the magic ends up in the hands of a bunch of teenage boys with a reason to want to change the world. You can imagine how that will go. 🙂