How do you feel about self-publishing? I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to the publishing industry in a long time. Not only is it the perfect publishing vehicle for people like me who are independent and love the entrepreneurial challenge, I believe it keeps the traditional publishing industry on its toes. Everyone has had to rethink what they’re doing in the last few years, which will only be good for readers in the long run. And authors as well. I believe the whole publishing industry is becoming more author-centric.
What does love mean to you? Love means being there to support someone, to respect them and help them reach their goals. Can you imagine what a beautiful world this would be if we were all more concerned with looking out for the other guy as well as fulfilling our own needs? That’s what love is all about.
What social issues interest you the most? Anything that has to do with child welfare and education. I hate to think of children being bullied or worse. I also believe that a good education is the most important gift you can give to a child. That and books, which are sort of the same thing.
When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about? Lately I’ve been really interested in psychology. I’m fascinated by how the brain works and the advances that are being made in neuroscience. It’s especially cool to read about the differences between men and women, and between introverts and extroverts. And, of course, I love reading romance novels.
Do you find the time to read? If you’re a writer, you have to find the time to read. It’s homework. Like Stephen King says, if you can’t find the time to read, then you don’t have the time or the tools to write. I try to read a little bit each night after getting in bed.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. The last book I bought was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. It’s a fascinating look at how we live in a society that values extroverts and tells introverts there’s something wrong with them, but the truth is that introversion is just another way of thinking. I’m learning a lot about myself and how I interact with the world.
Who do you admire? I really admire Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot for her outspokenness over girls receiving an education. She was incredibly brave to stand up for what was right in a dangerous environment in the first place, and her perseverance and dedication to continuing her message is amazing.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? My creativity and the subsequent ability to never be bored.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? Probably my insecurity and the way I constantly compare myself to others, especially other writers. Bleh!
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? I have so many! I think right now it’s that classic Ernest Hemmingway quote, “The first draft of anything is s$@t.” Mostly because it’s so, so true and I’m experiencing it right now.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? I’m proud of the fact that in spite of how difficult it is and how many roadblocks stand in my way, I’ve managed to achieve my lifelong dream of being a published writer. Now I’m moving on to working to accomplish my new dream of supporting myself with my writing.
What is your favorite color? There are some really awesome shades of green out there!
What is your favorite food? Salmon that is cooked and seasoned just right.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? I would have to say in my bed, under layers of covers, when it’s cold outside. Company is nice, but even when I’m alone it’s bliss!
How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I was never told no when it came to anything creative. We are all pretty creative in our family and have supported each other, no matter what we wanted to try. I had a pretty rough childhood though, but those strong, mostly negative emotions have helped me to writer deeper characters.
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Genre - Western Historical Romance
Rating – R
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