Political history books, Books about football (particularly the Green Bay Packers), and anything that catches my interest really, regardless of the topic.
Describe your desk
There's a desk under all this mess??!!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Salt Lake City Utah. I have always had an impish sense of humor, but where I grew up has no influence in my writing at all.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh heck no, I can't remember what the first story I ever read was, are you kidding?
When did you first start writing?
In Grade 1 when we learned the alphab- Oh you mean story wise? ;) Oh well when I was in High School, I wrote 2 short books about auto mechanics and how to perform vehicle maintenance.
What is your writing process?
On a nice (and not so windy) morning after my kids go to school I pour A HUGE mug of coffee, go out to my gazebo fill up the bong, get comfortable and let the creative sparks in me fly baby! HAHAHA!!
What's the story behind your latest book?
After reading the Jack Sh*t joke on the internet, the wheels began turning when I started thinking about the 6 kids of his. So I came up with who they are and who they got together with and who they created. I also wanted to talk a bit about each of them instead of just releasing a family tree, because the stories that were coming to me when I was thinking of how to explain the relationships and how they got together or what-not, were just too good to pass off or ignore. Everything just started falling into place so quickly and easily, that I had to grab a pen and paper. I ended up just writing like mad for days! I had papers covered with ink scribbles all around me. I looked around at one point and It was like a mold that was growing and spreading all around me! I had to stop myself from continuing because it would have turned into a bit of a novel if I kept going & adding more family members, so I decided to leave some people out and put them in book 2. (That is if this one is popular enough for me to make a book 2.) It will all depend on the fans... If I even get any! :)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ease of how the story unfolded and the flow of writing was just constant. There were very few times I had any sort of writers block, so that made it fun. I even came up with spin-off stories for some of the characters in this book like Hipolito and Death that will have their own separate stories but still have a tie-in to Jack Sh*t in some way or another. I hope to have these stories underway shortly. I am really excited about getting started on my spin-off story with Death. Poor Hipolito. Hipolito's story is still in the planning stages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Other than High-School stuff and little things like that, this is my first real story that has a fairly high word count... Well for me anyways! :)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a great deal to me. I wrote this to make people laugh using a strange play-on-words type of wit. It was great how everything tied together so nicely, which adds to the humor of this colorful short story. We could all use a good laugh these days and hopefully this is something that will provide that.
How do you approach cover design?
Honestly? I knew what I wanted and I ended up with something better! I wanted an expressive picture of Jack for reasons you will have to read the book to understand. I chose Vila Design from a listing of cover designers because she looked quite reputable and has plenty of award winning cover art experience. And to be honest, I really like how it turned out. Insider tip: That is my actual cousin Jack on the cover of the book. He wanted to be Jack Sh*t, so I figured, why not? He actually looks like a perfect Jack Sh*t! So I went to his place set up some lights, snapped a bunch of photos, and this was the result. It turned out really good. He was in the middle of saying "What the f***" and the timing of the photo was perfect and it shows!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to spend as much time with my family as I can. And when football season is going, you will find me SCREAMING at my TV as I am watching my beloved Green Bay Packers. I like taking hikes around different parks around the world, meeting new people and having sex... Not with the new people, heavens NO! What's wrong with you?! With my wife of course. I also enjoy working on aircraft maintenance projects too.
What are you working on next?
I have a few ideas for other stories that are not related to this one brewing. One is what I consider to be a phenomenal story line. I really want to share it but I just can't right now. I am still in the planning stages, but the plot is practically set. It is one of those stories that can do really well as a story, a movie, a mini-series or even a full TV series. It is just that dynamic and has SOOOOO many possibilities for me to go off in. That is going to be another really fun one to do. However, I can already see me struggling with having to chose a story path when I can spin it in a few directions. It will be tough to let go of some ideas, but maybe I can spin them into sub-story books off this main plot. Who knows. But I really love the story idea I have brewing for it. It will be rather shocking. Hopefully it will be one of those "Can you imagine?" kind of reactions and I don't believe that kind of story line has ever been done before. Blockbuster baby... BLOCKBUSTER!!
The other one is more of an animation based theme that I have for it in my head. I really want to pitch the idea to Pixar, Warner Brothers or whoever will listen, but that's the problem so far. I think that the creative geniuses at Warner Bros. or Pixar or whoever may be interested in the idea would have a great time with this story line. It would be a fun family-friendly story which can appeal to kids and even adults. Just like the Pixar films you see now. It would be more of a short animation as opposed to a full scale story line, unless I get more ideas for it, but as of right now it is just a bit of an animated short. (I believe that's what they call it.)
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