Interview From Smashwords  


What is your writing process?

I am a fiction writer of a murder, mystery, and suspense storie. The first thing I do is come up with a title for my story. Then I put it on paper in the format of a map and develop an outline from that map. Next, I choose characters from the most popular names in the state or city I am using for my story. The most crucial step for me before writing is that I research some of the aspects of my story on the internet, at the library, and interview subject matter experts concerning my book. The purpose of my research is to ensure readers understand every detail of my book.


What do you read for pleasure?

Because I became interested in reading while in elementary school, I read a variety of genres. Fiction is my favorite. I read the bible for wisdom and knowledge. But I also love reading other authors books, magazines, newspapers, biographies, and self-help books.


What is your e-reading device of choice?

My favorite is the iPad, because of the ease of transport. I also use Amazon fire and my laptop.


Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in Alabama. While in elementary school I developed a passion for reading books and newspapers. The written word by authors was so intriguing. At that young age, I had no clue about how authors came up with such fantastic stories for children that would encourage and intrigue you to read and enjoy reading. So I would say my love of reading at an early age greatly influenced me to write.


What motivated you to become an indie author?

When I started writing, my knowledge of how to get a book published was minimal. Because I am an avid reader and I read so many different genres, I felt that I could write as well or better than some of the best seller authors. I did not want to allow a publishing company to dictate to me what I can or cannot do. So I educated myself to the process of publishing a book by first attending several book boot camps, researched the internet for different ways of publishing, attended bookclubs, communicated with other authors and indie bookstore owners. I found that there are more indie authors than you can count and a huge demand for them. I also found that there are independent bookstores in every state and the list is long for platforms to sell and publish ebooks.


How would you describe yourself?

I am very detail-oriented and somewhat of a perfectionist because in my professional career I worked as a civilian in a military environment. In everything I do, I try to give my best. I am also a stickler for time. I try to be on time for everything I’m involved in, and sometimes I expect others to do the same. So, I am working on that part of my growth.


Are you working on a new book

I am currently working on two books. One is the sequel to 'Who Would Have Thought' which is titled 'Why Me Why Now'. The third book title will be 'Don't Go There'.  Both will be published in 2020.





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