I am a May 2012 graduate of the inaugural cohort of The City University of Hong Kong Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. I live with my family in Switzerland where I can’t seem to shake the room parent habit. I need some danger in my life, that doesn’t involve limb loss or death, so I am an occasional stand-up comic.
Finalist, 2011 Missouri Review Audio Contest
Finalist, 2012 Salem College International Literary Contest
Winner, 2012 4’33″ One-Minute Story Contest
Fellowship Attendee, 2012 Arizona State Rising Stars, Desert Nights Writers’ Conference
What inspires you to write?
In 1928 Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” That made two of us. I write because of an involuntary impulse to create. I write humor to re-wire my brain into taking myself less seriously and bearing all that life throws at me.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process adapts to what I am writing. My first book was a memoir and my children’s book about my cat was a meowmoir–both relied primarily on memory and are largely chronological. An outline helped me order my “story.” My current project is a historical fiction. Because I want to get the details right I am doing a lot of research. However, like the memoirs, it will follow chronologically so I have constructed an outline.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would tell other writers the same mantras I repeat to myself: write more and don’t give up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The success of other indie writers has been really encouraging. In addition to their achievements, many authors, like Joanna Penn, offer support and guidance. Meeting indie writers, hearing their stories and reading their books that were every bit as good as books published traditionally convinced me to go indie. I have found the process of indie publishing at times frustrating–but I don’t regret it at all. I have loved the steep learning curve and the vast skills I have developed in the process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we will continue to see print and electronic publishing coexist for the foreseeable future. I think to survive the publishers will start to get a bit more “guerrilla-marketing” in there promotion efforts which might encroach into indie territory. I hope competitors of Amazon such as Kobo and Barnes & Noble will survive because a monopoly would be bad for writers and readers alike.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Memoir, Humor, Historical Fiction, Children’s Picture Books
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print