Yes, it was a science fiction novel inspired by my constantly being mesmerized by 'Star Trek'. It was an intergalactic conflict between two races who long ago had forgotten why the conflict ever began. I utilized many of the anti-war and pro-war views of the vietnam era within its construct.
What is your writing process?
For some this is a difficult question, myself included. I often come up with ideas through role playing gaming sessions either from Dungeons and Dragons or Shadowrun. Yes, I am the sterotypical nerd. I write or record the ideas down and use various notebooks to flesh characters out in more detail each character has their own page or two.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'The Foundation Trilogy' by Issac Asimov drove me to read and write more. When my parents sent me to my room as punishment it was not a punishment so long as my books were within reach. Hah Ha there, I finally said it mom and dad!
How do you approach cover design?
I start off by trying to enlist the aid of my daughter who has great talent in art (unlike her father). I go to the high school and college and post requests with teachers and professors. At the college campus I will sometimes post a desire on the various bulletin boards offering artistic exposure and modest fees for cover art.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'The Foundation Trilogy' because of its epic quality spanning through time and not solely focused on a single group of characters. The story is the focii as opposed to the characters, with the exception of Seldon.
'The Deathworld Trilogy' due to its immediate leaps into action and adventure and the method in which the main character Jason is actually found to be lacking and must overcome his own inabilities to survive.
'The Lord of the Rings (including the Hobbit)' which is a fantasy style epic tale with intrigue, plot twists, humor, character growth, and enough action to keep a reader focused and incapable of setting the books down.
'Elric of Melnibone' the twist in this particular series of a sentient sword and the evil hero is something that is like candy to a reader like me. It is different and although short novels I truly enjoyed reading and rereading them.
'The Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy (and the sequels)' are a series of books whose humor and wild ride like twists and turns did and do nothing less than keep me reading and wanting more laughs. The ideas were nothing short of unique and out of the box thinking by Douglas Adams (who I managed to meet while stationed in England).
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly Fantasy however I do read Sci Fi as well. I must say the bulk of my library is fantasy type books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I only have one, a Kindle. I will probably be purchasing an iPad in the near future.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is my first entry into the book publishing arena. I have only seen a few of my poems published in our apartment bulletin. I am a newbie in regards to published works but a veteran when you take into account I have been writing for more than four decades.
Describe your desk
Clean and neat. My notebooks are arranged in distinctive stacks with character and plot synopsis I work on. Sometimes my desk becomes cluttered with various notes which I must transfer to the notebooks or the computer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the North East however I doubt it influenced my writing beyond the desire to sometimes escape from the cold outside.
When did you first start writing?
Oops, sorry I already answered that as part of a previous question, ten years old.
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