1) Short bio or SYNOPSIS here on writing as your passion.
I grew up in Shoshoni (pronounced show-show-knee), a small town in the center of Wyoming, which recently was given Ghost Town status. At twenty-one, I explored the United States to discover what it had to offer. After a few months, I always found my way back to Shoshoni. I’m glad to say I found my match in the Denver, Colorado area for a place to live.
I’ve always been drawn to macabre subjects. Horror is the genre I write under, but I add bizarre qualities to my story lines. I love the gothic feel and try to add tastes of it.
2) How long have you been writing and what inspired you to do it seriously?
I’ve been writing strange stories since I was a child, but my first published novel was in August 2011 (Dreamwalker: The Second Plain). The first story I remember writing (I was 6 or 7) was about going to the mailbox and getting a letter from my grandmother, saying she was coming to visit. It was all fiction, my grandmother never sent letters and never announced when she would be coming, she just arrived. What really pushed me to take it seriously was wanting to share the way I see the world.
3) When choosing a name for your characters, what do you consider about them that determines what you finally call them?
When a character comes to mind, they are intact with their name already. It’s as though they introduce themselves to me, and then tell me their story so I can share it with everyone else. I’ve tried changing names, but they never work out the way the original name.
4) Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?
Not really. The only collection/series I have is Circus Tarot, which is a trilogy; Circus Tarot, Page of Buckets, and the 3rd is not finished or titled as of yet.
5) How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?
Stories come to me in mysterious ways. I get my inspiration from watching people interact with each other, places that absolutely make the hair on the back of my neck stand-up (which are a lot of places), or things that are just ridiculous (like the giant inflatable pig at my workplace became the inspiration for the villain in Dreamwalker: The Second Plain and Circus Tarot came from an ad for Ringling Bros. Circus on TV). Shadows and darkness lend a lot of inspiration, what’s hiding outside of eyes reach?
6) Do you have a “reader” in mind when you write stories? Anyone who enjoys a dark and twisty story with great characters.
7) What do you do to get book reviews? What is the best review you ever got?
I ask for them, but not everyone comes through. I’ve used a few different websites and have been successful with getting a few, but not as many as I would like. The best review was for Circus Tarot (posted on Amazon). I’d never seen anyone so passionate about reviewing.
8) What does the word “story” mean to you?
A story to me is sharing an experience with someone, and giving all the details so it is like they saw the events first hand.
9) What are you working on now?
I’m currently poking around the third and final installment of the Circus Tarot trilogy. It’s been put on the backburner for long enough.
10) Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Since I have a full-time job, my schedule can be on the hectic side. I scribble things on my notepad after meetings, sometimes during, and try to make sense of them later. During lunch, I write as much as I can, then again before sleep at night.
11) How do you promote your work? How will Quotesrain help you in your book promotions and sales, would you like to refer this platform to your author friends?
I use Facebook, Twitter, my blog, other Indie Author promotion sites, and my blog to promote my work. Quotesrain will be a nice addition to the mix, and I will definitely refer people to it.
12) Would you like to share something with your readers and fans?
Thanks to everyone for all the support during this journey.