I’m a 48 year-old print journalist and news photographer who has worked at a variety of small papers throughout the northwest and who now lives in British Columbia with a wife, two wonderful sons, a fat dog, lazy cat and too many horses. My personal fascinations outside of writing are fly fishing, photography, reading and playing the electric bass (badly).
What inspires you to write?
It’s a need, rather than an inspiration. The stories are there, in my head, and I’m neither a singer nor a cinematographer, so writing it is.
Tell us about your writing process.
I rarely outline, though I’ll make a few notes, chiefly on the characters, and won;t start until I know the plotline in a flexible sort of way. Telling the story is fist, everything else is secondary. I try to write at least 3000 words per session, and usually manage that.
If your characters are interesting and real, your plot will largely take care of itself.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to listen to them. When going well, they write their own dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write more. Edit brutally. Repeat.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After discussions with several publishers, self-publishing an Ebook was a no-brainer. Publishers at present require self-marketing from everyone but their A-list stable, so if I have to do it myself, why would I offer them a cut?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a rodeo right now, as there’s no quality screening in the industry, and it takes work to stand out in a sea of 400,000 mediocre vampire-sex-werewolf-sex clones. But quality wins, in the end. It’s a self-regulating problem and I expect it to do so as the new e-publishing world matures.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write:: SF, literary fiction, general fiction, fantasy
What formats are your books in: eBook