- When did you make the decision to start writing as a career?
Probably fourth grade. I had an awesome teacher that was very encouraging and told me I had talent. I’ve written fairly consistently since then. Although I made the decision last year to quit being wishy washy about it and truly start trying to get published
- Do you have any formal training in writing?
Not really. I took a class in college on getting a novel published. It focused mostly on getting the first three chapters ready. That did help me see things a little different. Otherwise it’s reading a lot of books on writing and just, well, writing.
- Who would you say has most influenced you as a writer?
Oh lots of things. I think one thing about being a writer is you learn a little bit from everything. You never know when something might make its way into a story. I’ve definitely been influence by the books I’ve read though, and really, all of my experience.
- What kind of group or demographic do you write for?
I never really thought about it, but I guess adults or older teens. Definitely not for kids though!
- What sorts of things do you like to read? Who are you favorite authors?
I’m afraid I don’t read as much as I used to. I still like scifi and fantasy though, well mostly scifi. I also like reading biographies and history. Always interesting learning what makes people tick and why things happen. Read two really interesting books on two different epidemics last year too. As far as favorite authors, Robert Heinlein is my all time favorite. There are a couple books of his I re-read every few years. Otherwise I like Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, and more recently Neil Gaiman.
- What genres do you primarily work in?
Again, mostly scifi type stuff. Recently its been pretty much all post-apocalyptic. Though I do write fantasy on occasion.
- When and where do you write?
One the couch, whenever I can. I’m most comfortable on my laptop. As a matter of fact its where I am now.
- Do you find any recurring character types or themes in your writing?
Oh goodness yes. Lately a lot of my stories have been about a couple people on some sort of road trip. I think its because people have to change when they’re out of their comfort zone. Abuse and alcoholism pop up a lot too. And violence.
- Can you describe your writing processes?
Well I sort of answered this Monday and Wednesday this week. The short version is I have to write linearly, and I write until the story is done.
- How do you go about editing and correcting your work?
Definitely referring to Wednesday for this answer.
- Who is your favourite character of your own creation?
Thats a hard one. I think as a writer you get attached to most of your characters in one way or another. I always did like Yoshi McCarthy from “The Unthinkable” though, probably because I loved his backstory, even if most of that didn’t make its way into the novel. That and I like his name.
- Why do you write?
So many reasons. Ultimately though, its because I have to.
- What do you hope to accomplish by your writing?
I hope that I write stories that make an impact. That someone comes away from reading one of my stories changed somehow.
- Name one famous individual that you dearly hope would find your work interesting, dead or alive.
Thats hard one, which of us came up with this question? Seriously though, I think, right now, I’d like Neil Gaiman to like my work.
- If you could give one piece of advice to other aspiring writers, what would it be?
Just write. Even if you think it sucks and no one could possible like this treacle write it anyway. You will improve, but only if you practice. And seek out a like-minded community. There’s nothing like it for support and friendship. (okay thats two pieces of advice)
- If you were offered a million in order to give up writing, would you do it?
Not for a million dollars or all the tea in China! I’m writing come hell or high water
I know other writer friends of mine with blogs read this. Feel free to take these questions and answer them, just credit them back to me and John. Thanks!