I'm an avid world builder. I love creating fully fleshed out words and will often create cultures, new alien or fantastic races, or new magic systems as a way to relax. So when I'm writing a book, the first thing I do is create a complete enough world to set a story in. Once I have that, I come up with either a character or goal I find interesting that fits in the world and use that to come up with the other and what will be between that character and their goal. From there it's just writing the intervening bits.
What do you read for pleasure?
I drift around a little in what I like reading but it's usually some subgenre of Fantasy, Science Fiction, or a combination of the two. For at least the last several years I keep coming back to Urban Fantasy, or Science Fantasy (which is Urban Fantasy set in the future). I like the idea of magic in our real world, or in our future.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone. I have a kindle but, honestly, I mainly read between doing other things and rarely have my kindle on me at the time.
Describe your desk
I have a large, hardwood desk that I got from my Grandpa. It's a beautiful dark wood with a pair of drawers, and it weighs about as much as a car. I do my best to keep it organized with little more than my computer peripherals but my girlfriend is far less organized so the overflow from her desk inevitably ends up spending time on my desk until I get frustrated enough to organize hers to make room for it.
When did you first start writing?
According to my parents, I started writing as soon as I learned how. I've always loved stories. My parents read books to me as a child, and I immediately fell in love with the worlds behind the words. When I learned to write that naturally led to writing my own stories. Then, in middle school, I made friends with some kids that played Dungeons and Dragons. That fit right in and I was able to participate in creating a story. I've been playing D&D, writing, and reading stories since then.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At the time that I finally got serious about writing and publishing books I looked into the state of the indie market, and the state of traditional publishing, and realized that with the tools that are available I think that, in the long term, it's just a better idea to self-publish.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love good stories. Reading them, writing them, participating in creating them in a cooperative setting. Stories enthrall me, always have. So, for me, writing is a chance to create a story I wanted to read but haven't seen done the way I want.
Who are your favorite authors?
What's the character limit here?
R.A. Salvatore will always have a place in my heart since his Drizzt stories got me into fantasy.
Jim Butcher got me into Urban Fantasy with The Dresden Files.
Kevin Hearne because of Oberon. Atticus is great too, but Oberon is the greatest Irish Wolfhound in all of fiction.
Peter F. Hamilton for his Void Trilogy because, despite its length, the storytelling is deep and entrancing enough that time flies when reading them.
Iain M. Banks for the entirety of The Culture.
Terry Pratchett for his glorious brand of fiction that refuses to take it's self too seriously.
Isaac Asimov at first for his Foundation series, which I read and loved when I was young, but then for all his wonderful writing. He was an impressively prolific writer.
And so many more that don't come right to mind.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working my day job, planning and playing Tabletop RPG games, and spending entirely too much time indoors. I like hiking, mountain climbing, and canoeing but I don't do them as often as I'd like. I always find myself making excuses for why I shouldn't take the time necessary to do them.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow, via their mailing lists or amazon's "Follow an Author" feature, every author that writes books I enjoy and buy anything new they release. I am also subscribed to Book Barbarian and Book Bub and get many of the books that get offered by either of them. Before I found those two I used to browse through Amazon's catalog using various filters for whatever I was in the mood for but at the moment I've gathered over a hundred books for my "To read" list, so I haven't done that in almost a year.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, thank goodness. I was in middle school so it was probably horrible.
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