The greatest joy is creating and sharing. Creating a new world and sharing it with the people from this world, making their minds fly away into a new and wonderful imaginary world, I think that's the joy of every writer.
What are you working on next?
I am working on my books that are done already but need some editing work done on them before I can publish them on Smashwords.
I read almost everything, but love science fact and history. Those can lead to so many new ideas for writing.
Describe your desk
Wherever I happen to find myself at the time I am writing. Sometimes it has been a table in a bar with a notepad (the old fashioned kind that requires a pen), other times it has been on the sofa in my house, while I am drinking a beer. Most interesting time was in a strip club at a side table. The inspiration hit me and I started working on a story there, the amusing part of that is when one of the girls that had been working the floor was off, she came over and sat with me to see what I was working on. That started a pretty nice friendship (non-sexual, not for lack of trying on my part.)
The first story I wrote was back when I was in sixth grade. It was a horror story about a family getting murdered called Red Snow.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love all different genres of writing. The top of my list is Watership Down by Richard Adams. My mom had me watch the cartoon of the book one day when I was sick; and it had very graphic killing in it that disturbed me. At that time I was only eight. As I got older I felt there was something more to the story that I was missing. So my mom bought the book for me. I read it when I was twelve years old. It was a wonderful multi-layed story of survival over many difficult tradegies. It's a wonderful fiction story. Number two is Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell. It is a period piece written about Saint Luke's life before he wrote the book in the Bible. It's how he grew up and what lead him to investigate the life of Jesus Christ. Third is Dune by Frank Herbert. It is a gripping science fiction story. When I read it I was transported to a possible future. I was enthralled not only by the characters created, but also by the elements of the societies that Frank Herbert created. It transends just one novel, but made up an entire universe. The fourth on my list is Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. I got this book as a Christmas gift from my mom. It was an exciting first part of a series of books. I fell in love with the author. Last on my list is House of Scropio by Pat Wallace. It is a Gothic Romance. It's a about six sisters separated as young children. The society that they live in is based on Astrological signs of the people. It is an interesting twist to create the romance and discovery of the characters.
My writing process commences with music. I pick a piece that's inspirational and ambient (no vocals) that fits the scene I am about to write. Subsequently, I begin writing without reserve.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was in a collection called Ghost Stories chosen by Robert Westall. It had an impact on me because I didn't quite understand it, yet I knew something was terribly wrong with the conclusion.
It was one of many books that encouraged me to write, because I enjoyed the idea of attempting to create something original. .