How long did it take you to write your first book?
It took me about a year in total.
What inspired you to start writing?
When I was in fourth grade, our teacher let us sit quietly at our desk and do whatever if we finished our assignments early. Me, big old nerd that I am, always did, so I’d have a book to read. I’ve been a big reader since forever. One day, I finished my book, I didn’t have another one, so I just took out my notebook and started writing one. I’ve been writing ever since.
How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?
Three. That always seems to be my magic number.
How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?
When I opened the email and saw my book had been accepted for publication, I cried. It was just the most amazing feeling ever.
How different would you say the writing and publishing process is for you now than it was then?
I don’t have as much free time for writing these days, so it goes a bit slower. As far as publishing, I now self-publish all of my books. I like the control and, honestly, I’ve made more money off my self-published books than I ever did off the traditionally published ones. Granted, I’ve only worked with a few small press publishers, and not any real big houses, but I definitely like self-publishing better. Of course, if one of the big boys in New York ever came knocking on my door, I wouldn’t slam it in their face.
How many books have you published since then?
I have 40 published novels to date.