1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write? I can write at any time of day, but I am the most lucid in the late afternoon.
2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer? It's a mix. I will grab whatever is close. A napkin...back of an envelope...a notebook... If the computer is convenient, then I grab it, as well.
3: What do you draw inspiration from? Wow. What a big question! I know it sounds cheesy, but other artists inspire me a great deal. I find the more I read, the more I learn, the more I want to write.
4: Do you set goals for yourself when you sit down to write such as word count? No. I want to keep my writing as free flowing as possible and I find defining the amount of work I should do in a day stifles me. If I can only get a sentence out of me, that is fine. If I get a chapter or two then I have been particularly productive that day.
5: Are you a published or a self published author and how do you come up with your cover art? My novel, The Devil's Keep, will be self published in August of 2011. Right off the bat, I knew I wanted to have a depiction of my female protagonist, Sara. I scoured the websites of several stock photography websites, bookmarking the pictures that "spoke" to me. Once I had the candidates lined up in front of me, the front runner was obvious. The cover features a woman lying on the ground of a beautiful forest. She is vulnerable, shattered and fallen. This is Sara at the beginning of our book. On a side note, I also looked at the covers of my favorite books for additional inspiration in terms of layout and font.
6: What drives you to choose the career of being a writer? I don't know that I have ever had the option of not writing. I honestly cannot remember a time where anything else outweighed writing.
7: Do you own an ebook reading device? Oh, yes. Love it! Genius!
8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now? I read a lot of nonfiction, but I have always loved Agatha Christie, Stephen King and Anne Rice. Also, the poetry of Yeats and Dickinson. I loved the story of "Beowulf", which has made its way into my book. Recently, I really enjoyed the Hunger Games Trilogy. Currently I am reading Where She Went by Gayle Forman.
9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any? I feel book trailers are a fun way to promote your books. I am working on one for The Devil's Keep and hope to release it soon.
10: How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
I wish I had an exciting story to tell you, but I don't. I went through at least 4 different titles. I would pick a title, be excited for a few days and then just not feel right about it. I tend to do a lot of thinking as I am driving and in the middle of errand running one day, it just came to me. I was excited about it for a couple of days, then a couple of more, and a couple more. I never grew tired of it and that's how I realized I had a winner.
11: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
Well, I have the sequel to The Devil's Keep. The working title is An Angel's Revenge. Also, I am working on a nonfiction book about Sensory Integration Disorder and at- home sensory diets, a topic close to my heart since my son has SID and Asperger's. And I have a couple of books in outline stages.