The extras page is where I’ll share stuff about me! So, if there’s something you’re dying to know about your new favorite author, go ahead and ask me. I just might answer. In the spirit of this, here’s a little interview I gave myself:
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, I’m a stay-at-home mom, so most of my time is spent taking care of my girls. Other than that, I read a lot of books and watch a lot of Netflix. I crochet various types of things and make beaded and chainmaille jewelry, mostly bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
What do you read for pleasure?
Novels. Mostly of the young adult variety. They’re usually a safe bet for cleanliness. But I also really like fantasy stuff, and paranormal stuff. And Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, all the way. I have a Kindle Fire. What I love the most is that I can read my book on the Kindle, or my phone, or my computer, or my husband’s phone, (you get the idea) and I don’t have to find my place again.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Tacoma, WA, a beautiful place in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a decent-sized city, just south of Seattle. I don’t know that the city I grew up in had a big impact on my writing, but the home I grew up in totally did. I have two older brothers, and a mom and dad who are still married. My mom was able to stay at home and raise us kids. We all read a lot of books, and pursuing your dreams was always encouraged. I was never laughed at for wanting to be a writer. I was never told “That’ll never happen.” But probably the biggest influence my home had on my writing is our religion. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I’m a Mormon, and I write according to my values.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Heh, well that’s an easy question to answer: control. As an indie author, I get to choose how to present my stories, what to edit, and how to write. I get to choose the available formats and the price. I don’t have to put up with anyone telling me I need to add some sort of smut to my stories to make them sell. It’s my story; I want to tell it my way. Being an indie author lets me do that.
How do you approach cover design?
In the past, my friend did my covers for me. She’s taking her art in a different direction these days, so new covers will be coming. More details out soon.
What are you working on next?
The sequel! Although, it’s not your traditional sequel. It’s more like the story from Alekzander’s point of view.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
*gasp* if I told you that, I’d have to kill you. Just kidding. No spoilers! Way back when I was in middle school, I had this idea about a girl who was from a different planet , but living here. The story was really cheesy, but my friends played along with me, all choosing different characters. Then when I went to college, I was like, this story has great bones, but really, it needs a make-over.
What is your writing process?
Writing process? What’s that? I’m kidding. I have a very analytical mind, so I have a lot of charts and notes. I have a really hard time writing out of chronological order, so I have different files for when later scenes come to mind. Then when I catch up to them, I add them in. I reread a lot of what I’ve written. It makes me happy. I’ve read that you really shouldn’t do that if you ever want to finish what you’re writing, but that’s my process. I like it, so I’ll probably stick with it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the stories from my imagination come to life for other people to enjoy. I mean, I like them, but sharing them with others is really special. Plus when I write, I’m actually living one of my greatest dreams. (The other one is to be a mother, which I get to live everyday.)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don’t remember the very first story I ever read, but one of them was Charlotte’s Web. I think it was my first chapter book, and my dad read it to me at bedtime. My dad impacted me more than any book (besides scriptures). For the longest time, the Christmas present that I knew was chosen by dad was a new book.
Describe your desk
I used to have a desk. Then my husband got this mini computer and hooked it up to the tv. Now I have an Ikea desk chair and a laptop stand that I use for my keyboard and notes.
When did you first start writing?
I’m pretty sure I was in second grade when I started writing stories. And I haven’t ever stopped.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. And my alarm clock.
How do you discover the eBooks you read?
I find most of my eBooks on my Kindle, particularly in the Kindle Unlimited library because I read like I watch TV.