The first story that I ever wrote was titled...."The Brother Hood of Steel". I was 15 years old and I wrote it in three multi subject note books. ( I couldn't type back then.) It was a high fantasy "I didn't know about genres.... as far as multi sub genres any way." I only knew about Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and non-fiction. The story was a swords and sorcery clash that I have been thinking about rewriting considering that I have lost two of the three notebooks that I wrote it in thirty years ago.
What is your writing process?
Most of the time I use the "Grow" process to start it off. I make the story up as I go but as I get closer to finishing it, I start planning events that will let me end the book. My first chapter in my books has to be explosive. I try to get my reader's attention right off the bat. I generally try to make something explosive happen at the end of every chapter as well to make my readers say " What the heck? How'd that happen?" or "how is he or she going to get out of this one?" to create page turners. So they will want to know what is going to happen next.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that I even truly read was "Kaz the Minotaur" by Richard A. Knaak. A friend of mine was an heavy reader of the D&D novels and I asked him if it was good so he let me barrow it to read. It was a Dragon Lance novel Heroes IV series book. I was playing Dungeons & Dragons regular every week with my friends when TSR Hobbies owned the rights to the games and books at the time. I fell in love with D&D novels after that and I bought and read many, many volumes of those books back then. That's what led me to writing as a professional independent author. I learned to write through reading but that's how it work any way right?
How do you approach cover design?
Sometimes I will see a picture and get some inspiration from it and I'll buy it and write my story around it. Other times I will write a story and find a picture that shows a scene from it (as close as it can come any way) or draw it or create it on my computer but if I am writing about robots as heroes or villains, I will put one on my cover. Just like if I'm writing about fighting dragons I will put a dragon on my cover. I believe in showing my readers what my books are about. I love art and cover art helps bring stories and books to life.
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