-I started writing when I was 15, and like most aspiring writers, my work was terrible, immature, cliched drivel. I went college for my creative writing degree and got used to the typical rejection letters. Eventually, I needed annoying things like food, clothing and rent, so I got a real job and ended up finishing my degree in paramedicine. Since then, I’ve gained 20+ years of experience as a paramedic with friends in both law enforcement and legal offices. I’m also a U.S. Army veteran with real world experience in various types of martial arts and weaponry. I’m well-traveled and published in non-fiction for a nationally accredited company. All of which gives me extensive material to draw from for my fiction writing.
What inspires you to write?
Mainly my dreams inspire me, but I often incorporate ideas from the world and current events. I love mashing up genres and tropes to create new perspectives on characters and their stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m totally a pantser writer. I start with an idea and characters, then dive in. Generally, I write sequentially, but will write scenes out of order if an idea is strong enough. Once the first draft is complete, I go back and rewrite and wordsmith and edit. Then I send copies to my editor and beta readers, then more self-editing and checks by my editor. I also use specialized software to triple check for typos and dropped words. It takes me about a year to write a 100k novel.
I don’t use outlines, but I do take very basic notes as I go along to keep details straight.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and talk to my characters. When I’m very deep in a character’s POV, very connected with my muse, then my character will tell me exactly what he or she would do or say. It’s very easy at that point. My best writing comes from that place.
What advice would you give other writers?
The classic advice of:
-Listen to good advice, but ignore the bad. You’ll know the difference when the bad advice strives to harm your marketing or fundamentally change your writer’s voice without improving your grammar, plot, pacing, etc.
-There’s a reader for every writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After almost 30 years of writing, fiction and non-fiction, and dealing with rejection letters, I finally decided to to try self-publishing. I also decided this because I’ve had complete strangers stumble across my writing and ask to read more.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’ll have more Ebooks that will improve in quality. Paperbooks will remain, and perhaps the traditional publishers will find a good balance as technology expands further.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
science fiction, fantasy, romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print