My five-year-old daughter asked me to attach a small knit blanket to her shirt so she could have a cape. Once the cape was secure, she turned on me and began an epic battle. Her little fists punched with imaginary yet primordial force as she proclaimed, “I’m going to take you to jail bad guy!”
It was a concentrated dose of joy to see my daughter love the same stories that I love. Super-heroes, science-fiction, modern and historic fantasy have all held special places in my heart and have inspired my imagination for a world better than the one we have.
While studying Philosophy and History at Florida State University, I spent a lot of my free time writing stories for numerous role-playing games with which I was involved. Eventually, I took my love for Philosophy, story-telling, and writing; and wrote my debut novel.
I think we’re living in a fantastic time where the predictions of our sci-fi fore fathers are coming true or close to coming true. Continuing exponential advances in technology, medicine, and our understanding of our cosmos stands ready to propel our species forward to an exciting future. Our potential for greatness is tempered by our equal potential for self-destruction. The same advances promising to send us forward could hurl us drastically backwards.
In order to tip the balance toward greatness, we need to reawaken humanity’s imagination and love of learning. We also need to encourage empathy and compassion for not only other humans, but all the lifeforms that share existence with us.
What inspires you to write?
An active imagination and a desire to inspire others.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I started my first novel, I was seat of the pants; but I had an idea for the direction of the story. As I approached the halfway point, I stopped and wrote out an outline so I could organize my thoughts and keep the story consistent with itself. When I started the sequel, I wrote an outline of my characters. I wanted an easy reference point for what I wanted to see happen to the characters and what I wanted them to accomplish.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not really. I do put myself in their situation and try to think from their point of view.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Success isn’t going to happen overnight. Find a successful author to emulate: not how he/she writes, but how he/she markets themselves and spreads the word.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I wanted more control over my books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Easy access to writing and publishing tools for independent authors will eventually force the big companies to rethink their strategies. They will want to stop losing out on the monies generated by successful independent authors.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print