A disabled military veteran I have traveled the world, and continue to do so (though on a much more restricted basis), and have done a hundred different jobs, from librarian to bouncer, from sailor to the vice president of a real estate company. I currently broil… I mean live… in Austin, Texas, with my one and a half cats, and my beautiful wife Kimberly.
When I was a child in Hawaii, I cursed myself with an ancient Chinese curse without realizing it, I said, “I don’t care what happens in my life, so long as I am never bored,” the original curse is, “May you live in interesting times.”
I have always been a writer, it was not a choice so much as a necessity, even as a trucker I would stop randomly on the side of the road to jot down idea’s, but I was able to finish my first novel when I left the work force to care for my mother, who finally escaped her pain recently and passed on. I continue to write full time in part for myself, in part for my wife and family, and in her memory.
What inspires you to write?
My father was an avid reader, and got me to read my first book when I was 7 by paying me $20.00 to read it “Red Planet” by Robert A. Heinlein. I spent that $20.00 on books, and most of my income since.
As far as why I am writing professionally now? My mother died of Cancer, and while she was dying, asked me to continue to write, and to do what I love. I have since been writing as my only profession, trying to do in my life what she could not do in hers, what I love.
Tell us about your writing process.
Hmnnn… My writing process…
Well, I sit down in front of my computer, and write, I try to lose myself in my writing and just go for as long as my fingers hold out. Then afterwards I go back through it and edit, then another edit, and so on and so forth until I think it is worth my editor’s time. Then I send my book to my editor, and she sends it back to me, and I send it back to her, then I do a final story edit and format and publish.
Kinda dull hunh? Where I get the stories from is somewhat more interesting, but not by much, I just sit back and let my imagination run wild, and then create a world around the idea’s that come about.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not really no, but I do something similar. I think of my characters as though they were real people, and create a life for each of them. Then when they encounter a situation I think, “how would someone with that kind of life react?” then I let them, this sometimes results in my stories going off course for a while, but I believe this creates better and more believable stories.
What advice would you give other writers?
When you write your rough draft, don’t limit yourself, don’t think “but will they approve?” just write, write things that will never be in the final version of your books, cheesy romance, dark horror that makes your gorge rise, let the story flow unhindered by who you are or who you are writing for… Once you have written your story, then go back and edit.
One other thing, if your characters take on a life of their own, let them go where they will and do what they will, this is the zone, and it is the best stuff you will ever write in your life.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Originally my plan was to use the age old Agent/Publishing house method of book publishing. But once I started reading about the rules of this process I was absolutely flabbergasted. I went back and reread several old books, and found places where stories had been altered just to suit the moronic rules of an agent or publisher. An example; one agent I contacted had on their website that there had to be conflict within the first 25 pages. This would seem to make sense, but what if the author is telling a long story? What would have happened to “The Hobbit” if this had been a rule back then? My book is from 350 to 450 pages depending on what device you read it on, and it is the first book of a trilogy of trilogies, so it is slow, and it should be. Book two is considerable faster, and book three is action cover to cover. But in book one you are mainly being introduced to the main players, and the world itself.
So, my decision to self publish is based on the fact that it allows me intellectual and creative freedom to write the book I believe people will enjoy, instead of following the cookie cutter stories agents and editors prefer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that self publishing, and eBooks, are the way of the future. Traditional books are wasteful, though I do love them personally, and overpriced. While as I said before, publishers cookie cutter demands make authors sick, so self publishing is the natural result.
What do you use?
Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, (erotica)
What formats are your books in?
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