I grew up in the Midwest, spent most of my adulthood in Northern California, and now reside in the busy metropolis of South Dakota.
What inspires you to write?
For me, writing is the best way to explore and express everything that I love about life. I have a lot of interests – philosophy, psychology, science, art, music, and all forms of fiction – so my writing is fairly eclectic. I am as comfortable writing an essay about the dangers of logic as I am creating a fantasy world where the granddaughter of a god wreaks havoc in a small town. My best stories, I think, combine the above interests in a seamless (or perhaps unseemly) whole.
My characters are my babies. I can’t seem to stop myself from loving them – even the evil ones. I’m a laissez-faire god: I create them, and then let them play, except for an occasional time-out.
My stories aim to provoke thought, and to challenge your (and my) beliefs, while having a good time. I prefer my fictional intellectual meals to include generous servings of fast-paced adventure. I aim to blow my mind – and yours. Please join me on my “fantastic journey.” 🙂
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a firm believer in what I call “Organic Writing”: letting characters and my own free-floating inspiration determine the course of a story. I have a story in mind when I start a novel, but rather than adhere to a strict plot guideline, I prefer to go “with the flow.”
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Listening to your characters is one of my great improvements as a writer. They will almost always tell you when you’re going astray – either in having them do things or in the story line itself. I can hear their voices in my head – sometimes! – but I wouldn’t say I speak with them directly. I think that would cause some worry for my wife. 😉
What advice would you give other writers?
Write regularly. Don’t allow yourself to daydream too much about your story and oppose to writing it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I think all writers should attempt to get their books published conventionally, because that offers a great experience – especially if you deal with an agent and/or editor: they will force you to work harder – particularly if you’re a beginner – than you likely will ever make yourself do.
The publishing experience is for blowing your mind; self-publishing is for afterward. 🙂
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
More and more books will be digital, of course, but increasingly companies will come into existence which “vet” self-published books (Amazon is already doing that with its Kindle Shorts) in order to separate the chaff and wheat.
What genres do you write?: Slice of Life, Paranormal, Thriller, Horror, SF, Romance, Psychological, Humor/Satire
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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