My hobbies include watching soccer, reading, camping, and of course writing. I coached youth soccer for twelve years before moving on and becoming a High School soccer coach for thirteen more. I also enjoy playing with my three grandchildren. I have a very vivid imagination, which sometimes worries my friends. They never know what I am going to say or what I am going to do.
I am an avid reader and have a science fiction / fantasy collection of over two thousand paperbacks. I want future generations to know the experience of reading a good book as I have over the last forty years.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy creating completely new worlds in my mind. Science fiction allows me to explore other realities that other forms of writing do not. It is fun to make these creations come to life and the characters move through them.
Tell us about your writing process.
I normally sit down and make a rough outline of where the story needs to go. As I write, I find the story seems to take on a life of its own and it moves forward in a fun and creative way. There are times when I allow my characters to determine the events that occur in the story based on how I want their personalities to come across. Each book goes ttrough about ten rewrites before I am ready to send it off to my editor.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk and listen to them all the time. As the story progresses, the characters seem to come alive. I have characters in some of my stories I truly miss. After writing about them so much they become a part of who you are.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be patient. Writing is not an easy task nor should it be looked upon as a job. If you write, you need to do it becasue you love it! Always be ready to learn. Everyday I write, I discover new things about myself and my writing. Each book is a new and exciting experiance.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My daughter knew that I had been writing as a hobby for years. She suggested that I become an Independent Author and go the self-publishing route. I was amazed at the response I have received from my books. When the Slaver Wars: Alien Contact passed the 15,000 mark in actual sales, I knew she had been right in encouraging me to go in this direction.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the ebook market will steadily grow but there will always be a desire by some to read a printed book. Both should still hold a healthy future though I firmly believe the growth in ebooks has just begun.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction and Fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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