Name of the book:
Storm Rising – A Kelli Storm Novel
Coming soon to Amazon Kindle US
I currently live in Irving, Texas and work as an IS Security Technician. My passions are writing, reading, golf, fine food and fine wine. I started writing when I was in Junior High, mostly Sci/Fi and Fantasy, and even though none of my stories were ever published, my friend loved them. After leaving the military in 1987, I started my career in the computer industry and continued writing in my spare time. I lived in California for several years after my separation and that is where I started my career in the IT industry. I moved back to my home State of Texas in 1996 after a bad divorce to be closer to family and my ailing mother.
How would you describe your book?
Storm Rising is the first book in a series I planned when I came up with the idea. This book introduces my main character, Kelli Storm, and all the things that drive her to be a Detective on the NYPD.
What will readers like about your book?
I believe readers will primarily like the main character, Kelli Storm. The book is full of suspense and mystery, with action sequences scattered throughout. There is the drama of everyday life, things that real people deal with in their lives.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
My inspiration came from several sources. The main inspiration came from someone I knew once, a long time ago. She was intelligent, tough, and stole my heart. That and I love to watch all the ‘Cop” shows on television. (When I’m not writing of course.)
When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 14, mostly Sci/Fi short stories. I even did a screenplay once. Of course, as a kid I had no clue what to do with them. I think it was mostly that I had all of these great ideas running around in my head and getting them on paper helped. I had a very vivid imagination as a kid, some of it is still in my head somewhere.
When did you realize that you were a serious writer?
I actually didn’t realize it until about 2 ½ years ago. I was reacquainted with an old girlfriend from High School and she asked me if I was still writing. When I told her I wasn’t, she told me that I should, she always loved my stories. She even kick started my writing with a couple of plot ideas. The rest is history. Lori, if you’re reading this, thank you!
When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?
About six months after I reconnected with Lori.
What is your writing process?
A little unorthodox, at least I think it is. Originally I would carefully outline the book, and then do all of my research, i.e. locations, agency procedures. Not so much anymore. Now I’m kind of a “by the seat of your pants” writer.
How long does it take you to write your first draft?
Storm Rising took me just over a year to complete the first draft. Then, I had a lot of “life” interruptions. I’m hoping to complete the next on in half the time.
Why did you publish on Smashwords?
It’s the easiest to publish to, and has a large audience. That and I don’t have to wait on a publishing house to get my book out to my readers.
What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?
Follow your heart. You will know when your book is ready. Whether you choose the traditional route or self-publish, the only thing that matters is sharing your hard work with the world.