I wrote a short horror story called, "Rose Pond," for an English assignment in junior high school. I think I still have it in a box somewhere.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Every short story Ray Bradbury has ever published has been an inspiration to me.
What is your writing process?
When I come up with an idea for a story, I write down a quick outline of the plot and characters. I usually see the ending of the story first. Then I work backward to figure out the beginning. I'm a slow writer and worse, I generally like to write at night into the wee hours of the morning.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are: 1) The Bible. I can find every plot that has ever been done in it, not to mention beautiful characters and verbs. The Bible is simply amazing. 2) Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion trilogy because it's such an incredibly beautiful story and would make an excellent movie! 3) All of Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan books because they're such great fun! (Waiting for another Tarzan movie re-make!) 4) The Seven Kingdom Chronicles—a fantasy trilogy from a not so famous author known as Thomas Williams. I just love his book series! 5) Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers—a splendid love story anyone can enjoy. I think it's currently being made into a movie, too.
How do you approach cover design?
I love covers that have people in it, but it depends on the genre. I like seeing organic things on covers otherwise I lose interest. I like clean covers with smart title fonts and colors. I designed the cover for Son of the Tides.
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