P. W. Fox, a.k.a. Wayne Howard, although born in Mississippi, grew up in Nevada, Japan and Guam, returning to Mississippi when he began high school. He attended college in Mississippi where he received a degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University, and after working as a plant chemist for two years, he returned to the university, for graduate study in geology and geochemistry both at Mississippi State and the University of Texas at Dallas. On leaving school, he worked for a number of years in the oil and gas industry in Texas before moving to Oregon, where he now lives and writes. He enjoys hiking , camping and visiting astronomical observatories.
What inspires you to write?
Technology advances, images, current events and the odd chance occurrence.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to use a combination of writing strategies. Some writing I do “seat-of-the pants” but for longer works I usually devise a broad outline, e.g. chapter prompts. I also find storyboards helpful at times.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When writing dialog I often speak aloud what I think the character is wanting to say at that moment, but afterwards the character will tell me that that isn’t what they meant to say at all. Sometimes I try to make the characters do something that they consider out-of-character, and they let me know it in very short order.
What advice would you give other writers?
Build your platform early and if you’re an indie author give strong consideration to using a professional editor.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My book at 17,000 words was a work too short for a traditional publisher to publish as a book and too long for magazines. Self publishing was the only choice
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that there will always be a market for traditionally published books, but as the popularity of e-books continues to rise, the nature of the publishing industry will continue to evolve
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
fantasy, science fiction, poetry
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print