Interview with Christopher Sharp

How do you approach cover design?
You get an image in your head that develops over time, the first thing I see isn't necessarily what the cover winds up looking like. As the story progresses and finally ends the image progresses at the same pace. Sometimes I scrap the original image all together and come up with something new based on where the story ends up. It's a dynamic process, I never get attached to anything too early during the writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Tommyknockers by Steven king

2. Communion by Whitley Strieber

3.Timeline by Michael Crichton

4.Stalking The Wild Pendulum by Itzhak Bentov

The first four titles captivated me and kept me reading to the last page, they stick out in my mind when I think about all the books I read.

5. Anything written on or about Edgar Cayce

I am an avid reader of anything about Edgar, he was the only true, documented person that I know of that was able to tap into human abilities that are considered on the fringe by most people. (I also watched every episode of Fringe)
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I read about the metaphysical (lately). My interests change and when they do I follow them to whatever book I find.
Describe your desk
Small, rickety, stuffed in the corner of my outside porch. I'ts quiet out there, early in the morning and I've done a lot of writing at it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in New Jersey. I wouldn't say that this is a huge influence in what I write. Its not where you come from that guides the pen, it's who you develop into. There were certainly some influences, like the fact that I dropped out of school in the ninth grade, but I wouldn't say that where you grew up is a major part of the writing dynamic.
When did you first start writing?
It was a Friday I think, about four thirty in the morning. I was outside, sitting on a concrete pad, smoking a cigarette. There were a few men around, talking about this and that, waiting to go to work. My second day working Day Labor in Arizona, the rest is history.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Drugs. I'm writing a story about a man that had a rough life and wound up on the pipe. He was strung out for a long time and eventually got clean on his own. It's called Dance With The Devil (coming in 2017)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a story that I wanted to tell the world, after I documented all the facts I wrote it into a novel. I received 17 rejections before it was picked up by a publisher, the rest is history.
Published 2016-01-23.
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