I think I was probably around twelve years old when I first became obsessed with writing, but at this point it was mostly poetry and keeping a journal, there was quite a bit going on in my life at that time and i used writing as an outlet. The issue became that my mind would just never stop creating, and it would become so full of thoughts and ideas that I simply had to get them out onto paper whether they were organized thoughts or not. The challenge then, was turning those thought and ideas into something that another person would enjoy digesting.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I can't quite call myself a success just yet, but i will say that learning about Smashwords from my cousin Brice Bunner, has really boosted my motivation to become a success. If indeed I achieve success in this venue, much credit will be due to both Smashwords and my cousin Brice.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I suppose that being able to use words to take someone to a place that I have either actually been to or have created in my mind and having them relay to me that they actually can visualize what I put down into words would have to be the greatest joy of writing for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
As of today, my fans only include my family, but they are the best critics, very honest yet supportive and that is what every writer needs an honest critic, who critiques their work because they do support them and want them to succeed.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am putting together, or just finishing up a manuscript idea that came to me about two years ago in North Fort Myers, Florida, as i was moving from one place to another. The title i am working with is "USB", and its a heck of a story, can't wait to finish and publish!! Look for previews soon!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The excitement that each new day brings is enough to inspire me; the sunshine, the clouds, the people I will interact with. Everyday is an adventure to me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working and Cooking.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ha Ha! Yes, I do. Actually I still have the original, which was written by me at around age four. It was about alien life forms and their home planet, complete with illustrations! Something to behold!
What do you read for pleasure?
I like non-fiction Forensic Science books, World War Two stories, and a little Bentley Little mixed in for fun!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My Dad used to read a children's book to us called "The House that Jack Built", and he was a very creative man, so he would always put a new twist in the story each time he read it, which was great, very exciting, we laughed until we cried. Then i actually read the book myself the way it was written, and it was a great story, but it made me realize how a story itself can inspire great creativity. Thanks Dad!
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up for the most part in a small town just outside of Columbus, OH, that period was just fine. If i would have remained there, most of my writing would likely have taken on a different twist. The main influence that I would say I derived from that period of my life would be the little taboo twist that goes into some of my writing. Some things that some would say just shouldn't be published i suppose. The freedoms of a child or adolescent, unsupervised.
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