About Dwayne Ferguson:
Dwayne • Hunter • Tutankhamun = same dude
Dwayne Ferguson, who also goes by the name Hunter Wolf (long story, involves crime fighting…) has been in the graphic design and publishing industries since like forever. He’s got amazing eyebrows and he might have kinda been possibly King Tutankhamen in a previous….hey now, that’s just crazy talk! (but you’d be amazed how much he looks like Tut, just sayin’).
He’s created artwork for:
Walt Disney, Sony Music, Warner Bros., Johnson & Johnson, Horn & Hardart, PSE&G, Tony Roma’s, MacMillian Publishing and some other folks.
He’s created artwork for these franchises:
Mutant League, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Ghostbusters, Transformers, California Raisins.
His own properties include the comic book series Hamster Vice, the children’s book mystery series Kid Caramel: Private Investigator and the world’s toughest covert operative Black Zero: Mercenary Ant. Unknown to many, he is a professionally trained voice actor and has done commercials, the voice of Black Zero and there’s more about this later in this excruciatingly exciting (hello…is this thing on?) bio.
He likes coffee, hates sleep, laughs at the notion of naps (though not so much anymore. Hey those mid 40’s are serious). Hunter thinks the whole world is insane so he plays along. He doesn’t believe in water boarding or surf boarding because, last time he checked, the idea of being eaten by a shark is still not very popular.
Hunter is the CEO of DIEHARD Studio and produces awesomeness for clients and the world. When Hunter isn’t fighting crime (and in the world we live in, that comes to roughly 42 seconds per day) he is creating entertaining and highly informative video tutorials for Virtual Training Company. He has taught classes on Photoshop, After Effects, Lightwave, Painter and more. He even produces a podcast on iTunes called VectorCrush!
In addition to this stuff the man has written books on technology including tomes on Mac OS X, Flash, Dreamweaver, FrontPage (oh, the FrontPage…that was painful…he’s still in therapy over that one) and others.
Current projects include an upcoming new book on software called 3D Coat, a book displaying his production artwork as art director of the animated television series Mutant League and an animated short film, re-imagining Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Hunter teams up with television actress Janet Hubert of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air to perform voices for the creepy tale. Be ready for the world’s coolest short animated film this fall.
He is married, lives in New Jersey, loves to read, play video games and on occasion, stare eye to eye with the Godzilla on his desk. Godzilla typically wins these stare-downs since he’s a plastic figure and therefore cannot blink.
What inspires you to write?
Like many creative people, practically anything can cause inspiration. I can watch all 3 Lord of the Rings films and all of a sudden want to write a fantasy epic of my own. Then, two minutes later, I see a commercial for an upcoming horror movie and then I want to write a horror novel. Inspiration is a blessing and a curse that never stops giving and hurting my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
Since day one I have been a ‘put on a blindfold and write something’ style writer. Outlining is something I always wanted to try but I always feel like it’s a restriction to creativity. I am not a fan of rules or structure so I prefer to wing it. Luckily the editors I’ve worked with have always been able to rein me back in when things go way off the rails. Which is every time. It’s like I don’t respect rails or something.
Of course, I don’t advise every writer to wing it because some people need structure to create. If I could control myself, I’d outline. But I’m always way, way out of control when I write. Sometimes its good, sometimes not so much. It’s a risky way of working with the consequences that come with any risk.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Characters always seem to take on a life of their own, often changing the direction of the story. I’m always surprised how they continue to tell me what it is that I’m going to write about them. Every single time, without fail.
What advice would you give other writers?
To get better as a writer, read a lot more than you currently do. You can spend a lot of time writing incorrectly. When you read, study how your favorite authors construct their sentences and try to analyze why.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I was 19 I created a comic book series called Hamster Vice. I solicited orders and, once I realized I wouldn’t be able to pay to print the issues, I went around to find a publisher. It was all about the lack of money most college students have back in those glory days.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Marketing is really the hardest part of the entire book process, in my opinion. You can write the greatest book the world has ever known, but without the marketing, your work will remain obscure. If an author has a good marketing campaign they may be able to publish themselves online and via print successfully.
What genres do you write?: I currently write in the fantasy, mystery and action adventure genres.
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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