How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first poem at age 8. I kept a notebook and wrote them in it. I’d show them to my mom, and she always kept all of them. A year or two later, I started writing short stories, too, and though I’ve paused at certain points in my life, I never stopped writing.
What is your most recent literary/artistic project?
Wow, that’s a tough one, because I have several going. The one I started last would be a story about a young witch who moves back to her mother’s home town with her mother, after her parents separate. She meets family she never knew existed, starts noticing a lot of strange things, inconsistencies, and follows her findings to a huge, disturbing discovery. It’s called Infernal Beauty.
What inspires you to write?
The characters in my head inspire me to write. They tell me their stories and I share them with the world.
Who’s your favorite author and why?
My favorite author is Anne Rice, because she was the first author I read that wrote in more than one genre, like I enjoy doing. All of the other authors I read wrote either sci-fi or fantasy or romance, but that was it. Here I was, writing romances, sci-fi, fantasy, and poetry, and she helped me see that that was okay.
What advice can you give to other authors or writers?
Don’t stop writing. Don’t give up. Each story you write gets a bit better, a bit more polished. And, traditional publishing isn’t the only or necessarily the best route. If you don’t fit into their narrow perceptions of ‘right’ and ‘publishable’, it’s not the end. Don’t give up. Self publishing is a great option. It might be a bit harder, but it can be done…with persistence.
Where can readers go to find out more information about your work?
If readers want to see more of my work, I can be found on Goodreads, under both Cindy Cowles and AnnaBelle Ashley. My stories are published on Amazon kindle, Apple iBooks, B&N, Smashwords, Kobo and ARe (All Romance eBooks) I also have a few books available through Create Space, if you’re a fan of paperback.