About John Altson:
John Altson retired from IBM in 2010 after more than twenty years of exposure to IBM’s cutting-edge technology. His involvement with IBM Research is reflected in many of the concepts put into play within three of his adult novels.
John has published three children’s books: What Happened to Grandpa? A child views the hereafter through the world’s major religions was published in 2009; The A to Z of Forgotten Animals was published in 2010; Veggies:A-Z See ’em, Rhyme ’em, Cook ’em, Eat ’em was published in 2013.
John has a degree in mathematics from Hunter College in New York City and is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the Mathematics Honor Society.
What inspires you to write?
Inspirations may come from any source: a dinner conversation, a sermon at church, a news article… You need to be ready to jump on them when they come.
Tell us about your writing process.
I use a spreadsheet to create an outline. One page has rough story lines, another page has profiles of all the characters.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters tantalize me – sometimes with laughter, sometimes with pearls of profundity.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up. Stay with it. The more you write, the better you’ll be as a writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing to keep the costs down and gain experience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
More indies and more ebooks, simply put.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: children’s fantasy, science fiction, satire, humor
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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