Sometimes a single image will spark my creative juices and the premise of a story begins to play out in my mind. The image might originally come from seeing someone or an event while driving through town or riding my bike. It might even be as simple as seeing an old man waiting at a bus stop. My mind initially takes a snapshot of that image and I start asking myself what kind of life might that person have lived. Questions like, ''Why is he riding the bus?" "Where is he going?" "Who will he meet today?" "Is he having a good day or a bad day?... and why?" The possibilities are endless. Once I sit down and stare at a blank computer screen, I just start writing and putting the story in to motion. I constantly re-read what I write over and over and make changes. The truth is, I don't know where the story of the old man waiting for the bus will take me, and that's the fun part.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Forty years ago I remember reading "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". I remember reading that story and thinking how much fun it was to read, and so it opened my mind to the possibilities of creating my own stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read older stories written a hundred years ago or more. I love old biographies and older fiction because the authors were from a different time and their world was so much different than the world we live in today.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle-Fire. It's loaded with tons of books and I take it with me everywhere I go. I love it because I can read whatever I'm in the mood for.
Describe your desk
My desk is the most cluttered part of the house. There's stacks of sticky notes in front of me, a coffee coaster and half cup of coffee, my wallet, keys and cellphone. A pocket knife, my glasses, 3-cups full of pens, pencils, markers, scotch tape and a ruler. A calendar, a couple baseball caps, an old black and white picture of me and my two brothers when we were just kids piled on top of each other. There's a small plate with a peanut butter and pear sandwich my wife invented and just served me for a quick breakfast before I go off to work. There's an opened pack of double-AA batteries for my camera and two Kindles. There's a lot more clutter, but that just reminds me it's time to spruce up my corner a bit.
When did you first start writing?
I have written on and off since I was about fifteen years old. And then when computers came to be as common as a radio, I was writing more, but still not as consistently as I would like to. Like a lot of writers, I have a lot of stories started, but not finished.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book "Beyond The Bare Maple" is a story about a boy who has the gift of clairvoyance who doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the world. This gift he possesses is enhanced unknowingly from the side effect of an experimental anti-psychotic drug that has been tested on him.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't claim to be any good at writing yet, but the process just feels completely natural to me and I hope to get better and better with time. Writing is just a hard copy of what I think or dream up. So I guess you could say that I am simply motivated by natural instinct.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would say there are two parts of writing that gives me a lot of joy. The act of writing itself with all its creativity is of course fun just by itself, but also hearing about the feedback from people, and knowing how much they enjoyed a story. It encourages me to keep on writing.
What are you working on next?
I love writing about being a kid, and I love bikes, dinosaurs, ufo's, the super natural, dogs, and hiking in the woods. I'm sure there's a story in me about a boy involving one or more of those subjects.
Who are your favorite authors?
The 40 guys who wrote the Bible have become a big favorite of mine. In addition to them I like some recent authors like Andy Weir, Orson Scott Card, Suzanne Collins, and some not so recent ones like Anton Chekhov, Sir Arthor Conan Doyle, Jack London, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne.
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