My first job was writing a syndicated gossip column for two small Long Island newspapers. I began serious novel writing in 2004 after taking a creative writing course in college. My first two novellas were accepted by two different small publishers in 2008 and were published in 2009.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the second book in the Hearts of Darkness series that I began writing about two years ago. After a brief setback with breast cancer, I forged ahead and completed them and published book 1 Defeat the Darkness in 2013 and book 2 Conquer the Highland Beast in January of 2014. Book 3 Damn the Darkness is scheduled to be released at the end of April 2015.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The books I've written for publishers fit into a very specific genre and conform to their specifications. When I had other ideas and my muse took my stories off in different directions, where could I go? They didn't fit into the mold. So in order to stay true to the story and my muse, I decided to self publish.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. These are people who share the same interests as I do...my stories. They are the people who get me. They're out there writing reviews and promoting my books, recommending my work where ever and when ever. How could I not love them?
What are you working on next?
The third book in the Hearts of Darkness series, Damn the Darkness is next on my agenda. Simultaneously, I finished writing a novella [Witch's Tattoo] for an anthology that was released for Halloween at The Wild Rose Press.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am both a freelance editor for independent authors and also edit for a small press.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes like a first love. The book is a romantic suspense called Across A Crowded Room and is available under my pseudonym Elizabeth Marchat.
What is your writing process?
I use bullet lists of ideas, thoughts, character sketches, and scenes. I expand on those and then write a synopsis. I have a tendency to write the middle of the book first, then the beginning and eventually the end. But other times I have a clear view of the final scene and may work on it while I'm writing the synopsis.
I edit each scene then write from where I left off the previous day. So edits overlap my writing process.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm doing my own for now. My vision is easier to create than to explain.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything. JR Ward, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Laurel K. Hamilton, Karen Marie Moning are a few of my favorite authors. But I love Grisham and Cussler, Patterson and DeMille. I prefer genre fiction over literary fiction, happy endings over angsty ones.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father was career military, so a different school every year or two was the norm for me. As a result I learned how to make friends fast and be outgoing. We traveled extensively and lived in other countries where language barriers made communicating difficult. I learned to be observant. The spoken word, is not as telling as the nuance of language or the physical reactions, i.e. body language. When writing my characters, this becomes a great tool. Another advantage I use from my past is my ability to describe a variety of different locals. Sometimes I have to keep my story from reading like a travelogue.
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