I started writing small snippets of my upcoming novel (tentatively named Slipping Realities) a few years ago. The ideas that were in the back of my mind since I was 15 years old started to resurface and I mentally developed them. I decided to start writing these ideas down, with the goal of getting them together into a novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A man is the sole survivor of his research lab's destruction. The lab was destroyed while encountering a mysterious void on the outer reaches of the solar system. But he seems to notice things changing around him, while at the same time gaining memories of an ancient calamity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a story to tell! Rather than keep it locked up in my head, I want to get it out into a book, available to anyone interested. But I don't have any formal schooling for creative writing, so I considered my chances of getting accepted by the big publishing houses very slim. When I found out about Smashwords, I realized this is one of the best options for self-publishing my story. So I started writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neal Stephenson is my favourite, followed by authors such as Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells, Kim Stanley Robinson, Douglas Adams, and Deepak Chopra. But I keep an open mind and continuously check out other authors. I read both fiction and non-fiction, and not necessarily Science/Science Fiction.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full-time as a computer programmer, and I have several other hobbies, including geocaching, woodworking, wine-making, and ballroom dancing with my wife.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm not a visual artist, so I hire others to do the design. Once I'm nearing completion of a story, and have a solid plot outline, I contact a few designers for ideas. My upcoming short story already has a cover, designed by Smashwords member Tatiana Vila (and she did a superb job!)
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction on science, or the occasional spiritual book, such as from Daisaku Ikeda, Deepak Chopra, or Eckhart Tolle. I'm also a sucker for young authors. At a Farmer's Market in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, I came across a table behind which sat a 16-year old author named Tope Babalola, who writes teen fiction. I bought his first published work, an adventure novel called Jungle Flame. I put down Kim Stanley Robinson's Blue Mars for now to read this young man's book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, using Google Books, Kindle Reader, or Moon+ Reader.
What are you working on next?
My first short story has gone through one round of editing. It's a side-story that I decided to write, to introduce the reader to the upcoming novel's environment. Once I have that published, I'll work on the novel itself. Hopefully I don't stray too far to one of the other of multiple ideas I have for stories!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To entertain readers and I get my ideas out of my head and into the world! I've had ideas sitting in my mind since I was 15 years old, and when those scenes started developing further in the last few years, I started to get excited about it, and I wanted to share it. Now I'm doing that, and I find it exciting. I'm starting to wonder why I hadn't started doing this years ago.
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