“When people say, Did you always want to be a writer?, I have to say no! I always was a writer.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin
I “published” my first story in a library essay contest at age six and never looked back, but it took almost a quarter-century more to go from writer to author. Now I’m finally living that ambition as a proud independent author.
Why indie? Because it gives me creative freedom to explore whatever genres, formats, or ideas strike me. It also affords the flexibility I need to pursue my full-time career outside of writing (although I still harbor that universal authors’ dream of liberating myself with a bestseller someday).
My fiction philosophy is write a good story, and I take that same approach to life–reality doesn’t allow revisions, so the first draft had better be good! So I run too many miles and eat too much chocolate. I stare at the stars and dance at my desk. I travel every chance I get. I sing in the shower, yell at my baseball team, and still buy paper books (a habit my Kindle-exclusive husband tolerates with extraordinarily patience).
For more about my books and the writer’s life, check out some of my interviews:
- LibraryJournal interview with winners of 2015 Self-Publishing Awards, February 2016
- Shut Up & Read blog interview, February 2016
- Finalist interview in Shelf Unbound Magazine, Dec/Jan 2016 (page 24)
- Author interview on Reading7Mandy book blog, July 2015