1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
I would say right after breakfast (between like 9:30 AM – Noon). That’s if I’m not at the day job. Then I would have to say weekends or lunch hours, as that’s the only time I have. I am a high school teacher, so I do benefit from a few good writing breaks (Winter, Spring, Summer). But I’m always wishing I had more time!
2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
I start all of my projects in a black Moleskin notebook. I list ideas, names, plots, descriptions, look
up any research I might need before I get started with the writing. It helps keep me focused. I actually wrote my first novel in one of those notebooks before putting it in the computer. That’s probably why it took so long to write!
3: What do you draw inspiration from?
Life, imagination. I work with teenagers all day and write YA fiction, so I try to think about how they would handle unusual situations.
4: Do you set goals for yourself when you sit down to write such as word count?
I do. I’ll try to shoot for a round number, usually 1,000 or 2,000 words in a sitting. I’ve found I can do 1,000 words in about 45 minutes if it’s really flowing.
5: Are you a published or a self published author and how do you come up with your cover art?
I am self-published. I used a cover artist named Carl Graves to design my cover. He did a fantastic job and has done all the covers for epub author Joe Konrath. That’s where I got his name.
6: What drives you to choose the career of being a writer?
I’ve always loved books and stories and one day I thought to myself that I should put my own stories down on paper. I would love to do it as a full time job. Before I epubbed, it didn’t seem like that would really be an option, but depending on how things go in the next year or two, that might be a possibility someday. The idea of entertaining people for a living is so cool.
7: Do you own an ebook reading device?
I do. We are now, in fact, a 2 Kindle household. I love it! It’s actually sitting next to me right now!
8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now?
Right this second I’m reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and an awesome manuscript that a good friend of mine is going to release soon. It’s awesome!
Some of my fave authors are JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, AS King, Agatha Christie, and Roald Dahl.
9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
Hmm. Book trailers. I have seen a few in my time, but they didn’t really do anything for me. I’d rather just look at the cover and the description. Call me lazy, but I haven’t done any for my book and probably won’t.
10: How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
I actually got it from a song title. I was listening to this Finnish band called the Rasmus a lot when I was writing Into the Shadows, and their song, In the Shadows was my inspiration for the title.
11: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
Oh, lots of things! I’m currently wrapping up work on a YA vampire novel (less sparkle, more blood, but still something for the ladies) titled Bloody Little Secrets, which I hope to have out by May. I will have sneak peaks on my blog soon. I’ve got another finished YA contemporary that needs a little polish, but should also make an appearance in 2011. I’m also planning to write and release the sequel to Into the Shadows in 2011.
As well as the books, I am also very active on my blog. I’ve been interviewing epub all-stars, giving them a chance to teach us a few things, I have a series of articles called Adventures in Epublishing where I share my path with anyone interested, and I’ve started something called Bookaday, where authors can list there books for free to my readers.
Thanks again for the interview!