A writer since an early age, I have been fascinated by stories where the characters go through changes and develop strength from great trials. I prefer the genre fields of fantasy, science fiction and horror over the general fiction. By placing my characters in fantastical settings I can let them grow and develop in ways that you just can’t in a real world setting.
Published in the early days of the ebook movement in a CDRom book that saw little movement, I have now taken to the digital age with style. I will continue to set my words free and hope that these children of my heart find homes with caring readers who are willing to look beyond the normal to the fantastical.
Tell us a little about your book.
Gates is a collection of some of my earlier short stories. With a real variety of what and where they are set.
How did you come up with the title?
Well each of the stories dealt with a gate in one way or another. Between realities, between life and death, here and there.
How are your story ideas born?
My stories come from music and art in most cases. A line from a song will lead to an idea and then my dreams fill in the rest.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That no matter what there are gates in everyone’s life that can lead to something different, something amazing, if you just open them up.
Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I was actually contacted by my publisher. They had spotted one of the tales in Gates online and asked if I had more that they could publish together in a collection.
What factors influenced your decision to self-publish to Amazon?
The biggest factor was that I could control how much I could charge for my work. While I am glad a publisher wanted to print my work I found the price on my paperback was too much for the average reader.
What have you learned during your self-publishing journey?
That patience is more important in publishing than in parenting
Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
You can find Gates and The Knight Protector on B&N, Itunes, Kobo and a lot of other sites.
What kinds of marketing are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
Twitter, facebook, blogging all over and forums. Anything I can find.
Any advice for other writers/indie authors out there?
Keep writing. No matter how many people read or review your work you have something to say. We get better as we work. The more words you put to paper or computer the better they will be. I have written since I was a child, but I was not brave enough to try to sell them. Now I find that my drive to write is even stronger than it was before.
A collection of stories with the tying factor of Gates between dimensions.
The Last Moonset: The end of the world comes with a bang and one woman escapes;