1. WHY ARE SEVERAL OF MY BOOKS FREE? WHY DON'T YOU GET A PUBLISHER?
I'm asked this alot. People tell me they'd willingly pay for all of my stories and I thank them for that. I've also been approached by e-book publishers, but at the time that's not the road I want to travel. Perhaps if I had an absolutely amazing offer ... ?
At the present time writing is my hobby, my enjoyment. I work on it when I want. If I had someone breathing down my neck, asking when I would be done, demanding this or that, it wouldn't be fun anymore!
My 'payment' is the lovely reviews and letters I get from my readers. When I check my inbox and see a message or go to smashwords or feedbooks and see a nice review, it really makes my day.
If you feel a great need to spend your money on my books, please make a donation to your local animal shelter or foodbank. Tell them I sent you and maybe I'll get some more readers - lol!
I do charge for my most recent books - I've started working half time which means half wages. Retirement is approaching and the cost of living is increasing. Plus, I really want to help my local shelter with raising funds for a new building. The proceeds from my recent books will help with that.
2. ARE THE BOOKS AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK OR HARDCOVER?
Some are. I'm working on it...slowly. Check out Amazon to see which ones have been completed. I'm having each one re-edited before they become paperbacks. When a new one is ready, I'll make an announcement on my facebook page and here.
3. HOW DID I GET STARTED IN WRITING?
In January of 2009 on a Saturday afternoon, I quickly penned a fanfiction story between loads of laundry. It was something I wrote on a whim, based on a random thought. The story was for a TV show called Scarecrow and Mrs. King. It was well received and I ended up joining a wonderful fan-based group for Bruce Boxleitner who starred in the show. The ladies there - affectionately known as the 'Gutter Girls' - supported my writing and soon I was spending almost every spare moment creating tales for the show.
In August of 2009 a casual comment from a fellow author, Jan Gordon, inspired me to write my first original novel, Forever In Time. Soon after that I wrote The Mating as a one chapter short story. Readers asked for more so I began to spin the tale of Elise and Kane, with no real idea of where it was going. To my surprise it became my second novel.
Near the end of the Mating, a character walked into the tale named Ryne. Throughout most of the book, he was (in my mind) a 'minor character' but Ryne was an independent sort and had other ideas! I soon found myself writing his story, The Keeping.
The third book in my werewolf series, The Finding, proved more challenging. I decided to explore writing in mulitple POV's, showing new sides to my old characters and weaving several story lines into one. In some ways it was less of a romance and more of an adventure and a study of personalities.
When I write, I see the story unfold as a movie in my head. I like to include as much description as possible and tend to actually 'live' my characters and stories. In fact, I'm often found scowling at the computer, muscles tensed during a fight and jaw jutted out or perhaps crying during a sad chapter. It can be rather exhausting at times!
Near the middle of writing a story I start to get impatient. By then I know how the story will end and hate having to wait to get to the final big scenes. It's also when I start to become filled with self-doubt, thinking the story is terrible and no one will want to read it. That's when my oh-so-patient friend and editor, Jan Gordon, has to start cajoling, hand-holding and berating me. You have to thank her for the fact that my books ever get finished!
4. WILL I PROMOTE YOUR BOOK OR WEBSITE OR PRODUCT ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE?
Not because I don't want to help you but because I haven't read the book or checked out the site or the product. It wouldn't be fair to my readers to endorse something I know nothing about. If I do mention something, it's because I have personally read, examined or used it out and feel it is of value.
5. WILL I READ YOUR 'ROUGH DRAFT' AND GIVE YOU SOME POINTERS?
I'm always excited to think that someone would value my opinion of their work or look to me for advice. And while I'd love to read your work and support your efforts, I just don't have the time. If I read your book, my own writing won't get done. As it is, I hardly ever get to read just for my own pleasure!
However, I do have a list of suggestions and tips for aspiring writers. Hover your cursor over the FAQ tab and the link will appear.
6. I NEED HELP DOWNLOADING TO MY E-READER or THE BOOK DIDN'T DOWNLOAD PROPERLY.
Believe it or not, I don't own an ereader! I read off my laptop, so I'm really not much help. However, here are the steps I usually recommend.
a) Most readers use EPUB. Kindle uses MOBI or PRC
b) Try plugging your ereader into your laptop via USB. It will show up on your computer like a memory stick.
c) Download the appropriate format and save/drag to the correct file on your ereader.
d) Most sites you download from have a help section. Check there.
7. THERE ARE PAGES MISSING!
Not in the copies I submitted. The problem is either with your reader or the files they have.
8. I'VE FOUND TYPOS IN YOUR BOOKS.
Yes, you might have. Neither Jan nor I are professionals. We do the best we can but when reading documents that are over 100,000 words long, things get missed especially since we've read and re-read the story so many times. Also, sometimes errors are 'inserted' when the books are converted to different formats - I've no idea how or why this happens but it does. Finally, remember I use Canadian spelling and punctuation rules.
If you do find a mistake, please feel free to email me and tell me where it is and I'll fix it. I periodically upload 'fresh' copies of the books to feedbooks and smashwords.