I am a northern Vermont native who considers himself the quintessential starving artist. I tried to make a career out of writing right out of high school, but since the internet hadn’t been invented yet, I had no idea where to start. By pure necessity, I went to work in every job I could find. After spending many years logging and doing other manual labor jobs, debilitating health problems pointed me back to writing. I took a few writing and computer classes while starting my new career, such as it is. I have a novel on Amazon, been published in several local periodicals, am included in an anthology printed by Resilience Multimedia, and am an award winning poet with World Poetry Movement.
What inspires you to write?
Life itself. I write a lot of short stories and most of them are about my own experiences or the experiences of my friends. Of course I do take a few creative liberties.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write by the seat of my pants. An idea for a story will strike me while I’m doing something else and I’ll make a note of it. Later, or sometimes right then and there depending on how urgent the idea is, I’ll sit back and let the story unfold in my mind while writing it down. I don’t worry too much about grammar or details until it comes time for edits. I don’t try to guide the outcome; I let the story tell itself.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When writing fiction, I always follow Stephen King’s advice and let the story go where it may, characters included,
What advice would you give other writers?
If you’re looking to get rich writing, you will be sorely disappointed. If you write because you love to write and want to share a story with others, the rewards are boundless.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I got frustrated looking for a publisher and decided to try self publishing. Weigh your options and consider your goals carefully. Whether to go with a traditional publisher or self publishing firm depends on what you expect to get in return. Each has it’s pros and cons. Research, decide carefully, and stick with it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think getting published will get even easier than it is now. The hard part will be standing out in the ever growing crowd of authors
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Memoir, general fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
Link To Author Page On Amazon