There are too many to count, but here are a few: Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, and Issac Asimov.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first adult story I ever read was Stephen King's "Pet Sematary." It blew my mind at the time (I was only 10), and I became a huge fan of his after that. Just the way he could put down in words what was going on felt so real to me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! Every day is a new day with a chance for a new adventure. It goes fast, so make the most of it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is being able to put all these wonderful ideas in my head, down on paper. It's a unique insight into myself, and I share that with the reader.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was a short story. I had a notebook that I wrote 1-2 pages stories that I called "Cornerstones." Each one was a complete story, but could be turned into something longer, hence the name.
What is your writing process?
My writing process starts with an idea. Then I think about it for awhile, and then I create a rough outline. After that I sketch out some chapters, then sit at my computer and write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend my free time with my favorite people. I also like to read and spend time in nature. My favorite times are when I spend time in nature with my favorite people. There's nothing like a good book, or an occasional movie, though to feed my active imagination.
Describe your desk
Haha! That's a good one. It's my dining room table actually. I call it command central because it has a small lamp, my computer, and a pile of notebooks and pencils.
How do you approach cover design?
I use stock photos actually, and quite frankly it's not easy. Trying to find that perfect picture to convey your book with one image is a challenge.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
To be honest, my android. I have a larger one, and I take it to bed with me every night where I read ebooks until I get tired.
What are you working on next?
I have another book in mind, I just have to think on it for awhile, and then I will start writing it.
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