Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember the first story I ever re-read -- Jim Kjellgaard's Big Red. I must have read that book two dozen times one summer, something about it really appealed to me. I think it's because it was the first story intended for a young reader I'd read that was written with some intelligence.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I sure do, it was the seed that later became On Wings of Gargoyles, currently published here @ Smashwords.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story in high school, but have always been a storyteller.
What is your writing process?
I like sitting down and starting to write. The idea pops into my head and I follow where it leads.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a handyman, and I spent most of every day in church. That is, I spend a lot of time repairing/remodeling Mormon churches.
How do you approach cover design?
I've drawn quite a few pictures on my computer that I like to use as covers, when the pic is appropriate for the story. Otherwise, I just grab a picture or two off the internet and fix something up.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my computer, or when I'm out and about I use my Nokia Lumia.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I bought Chinese food. The fortune read, "You will touch the hearts of many." I told a friend about it and he said it meant I have to become either a heart surgeon or a serial killer, and I was to old to become a heart surgeon. Thus, "When Good Fortunes Go Bad" was born.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Richard Bachman :), Robert R. McCammon, Clive Barker, Paulo Coelho, Edgar Allen Poe, Orson Scott Card... ach, it's a long list. Check out my Goodreads page for the whole thing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had written over a dozen short stories but they all got rejected by magazines. Yet I often read stories which - in my admittedly biased opinion - were less well-written, so I decided to take matters into my own hands.
What are you working on next?
My current project is about a man who is torn from his world and deposited into an alien zoo, only to be rescued by... and that's as far as I've gotten.
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The advice in this book was gleaned from four years of Writer's Digest articles, from 1998 to 2001. At that time I was incarcerated and, unable to keep the magazines with me, I took to condensing the advice onto notepaper.
A madman has destroyed the human race, leaving only a remnant alive to glorify him for until the end of time. Cavanaugh's Cure is the story of a boy becoming a man in the society which grew out of that destruction.