I live in Northern New Mexico. My biggest influences include Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Frank Peretti, and Trey Parker. I write mainly fantasy, science fiction, and horror, often with a Christian slant.
Some of the things I write are just for fun, like most of my free short stories, which I will continue to produce as long as these interesting, and sometimes quite messed up ideas keep popping into my head. Some things I write because I feel that they are important. I don’t intend to be preachy and try not to insert messages into my writing unless I forewarn the reader that they’ll be there. My main intentions with my works are to entertain the reader, make the reader think, and sometimes just to give them a good little scare.
Two things seem to creep into my writing often. One is my faith. The other is my proclivity for horror, which even rears its ugly head in my Christian pieces.
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What inspires you to write?
I have always loved writing. I don’t know what inspires me to write what I write. Sometimes my ideas strike me at the oddest times. I leave a little author’s note at the end of most of my works that explain some of the process behind the creation of the story. Sometimes an idea will hit me and I just have to write it down before I lose it and sometimes an idea will form in my mind over months or years and I will make several attempts to get it fully formed before even attempting to write it down, and even then the finished result is hardly what I expected when I started. My novels were written because of such long forming ideas and neither of the two that I have published (as of 2-15-2013) ended up as I expected them to.
Tell us about your writing process.
I guess I would say that I am a seat of the pants writer. I’ve have tried to outline stories in the past but as I begin to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) I find that what comes more freely as I get into the story is far better than what I had meticulously outlined and planned. I don’t create character sketches because my characters tend to evolve as the story does. Often during my rewrites and revisions I will have to go back and change something that a character does or says because he or she has evolved so much during the story that what he had previously done or said is no longer something that character would do.
I usually have an ending in mind for my longer works and most of the time when I finallly get there it is very similar to what I had envisioned. An example of this is the current series I am working on. I know exactly how this series will end, but it will be another two or three books till I get there and while the ending is clear in my mind, getting there will be as much of a surprise for me as it will be for my readers.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t really listen or talk to my characters, but some of my characters are loosely based on real people in my life. Two of the main characters in my vampire novel are based on my sisters and when I talk with them, especially about the story, it’s like I am interacting with the characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
There isn’t much advice that I could give that aspiring writers probably haven’t heard a thousand times. If you have talent, keep at it and while you may not end up rich and famous, you will find an audience. There are many venues now for your writing to gain exposure, thanks to the internet and epublishing services. Put your stuff out there and let the reader decide if you have talent. Who knows? You make even make some money!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After some frustration trying to find an agent or a publisher willing to take a risk on an unknown author, i decided to self publish. I knew I had the talent, but most publishers and agents wanted someone with an established audience and the only way to get an established audience was to get published. It was a dead end road and I didn’t feel like going down it anymore. I found smashwords.com and decided that it was the right method for me. I published my first novella in May of 2012 and have continued to publish books and stories there ever since. After hundreds of sales and thousands of downloads, I think I made the right choice.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Some people believe that self publishing electronically is the future of publishing. I don’t know if I agree with this one hundred percent, but I would like to hope so since it is the method I am using. With millions of ereaders out there, as well as hundreds of thousands of low cost and free ebooks to choose from, it is starting an ebook revolution that I am glad to be part of.
What genres do you write?
Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Religion
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