I have made some major moves in my life, for the reasons to escape a country’s turbulence, to seek better opportunities elsewhere and most importantly to find a place where one can pursue one’s writing passion without fear of persecution. So, nearly 24 years ago I landed in Vancouver, Canada and I have been in this country ever since.
In some measure, my stories reflect the experience of my parents, siblings and my own as we moved from country to country, across seas and oceans, from continent to continent, wherever winds of change and turmoil have steered us to. For now, my abode is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For now.
What inspires you to write?
Reading books, novels and stories is like going on a voyage where you share with the characters their extraordinary experiences. I like to imagine my own journey and seeing as if through my own eyes the trials and tribulations of the story’s leading lights. I like to imagine whole new worlds, some bright and some dark, where my dreamed-up elements can have a romp about or have to struggle for their life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t do outlines. I have an idea and just sit down and tap away on the keyboard. I chase the images I see in my mind and express them into words and phrases. The characters come into being around the fulcrum of the central character(s). The central character is the pivotal starting point.
The first result is a rough landscape of scenarios. The outlining and polishing come much later. I may even erase whole passages. Since I write speculative (science) fiction there is also research to be done. The editing comes later still and there will be series of editing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If I am not too tired from work, I can dream about them and it is lucid dreaming. I have some more ideas then. But it doesn’t happen very often. You have to be in a special frame of mind, I think, one of the lunatic fringe some might say.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you really, really love what you’re doing, just do it, and don’t give a hoot of what other people are saying. You are creating something unique, your very own and no one can take that away from you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have tried many times in the past to submit to traditional publishers and the like. My manuscripts always came back in pristine shape, unread, with a terse covering letter. Winning NaNoWriMo in 2009 brought me into contact with CreateSpace and I like their process. It’s minimal cost and I take sole control.
By all means try all the traditional publishers, but if you think that being in control from the first draft to the first proof is something that would suit you better, try that too.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As long as story-telling stays in this world, there are readers and there will be books published, in print and ebooks. Maybe who knows, there will be other formats.
What genres do you write?
Science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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