Death becomes us all. That is to say it is inevitable. There are many different interpretations of precisely what that natural occurrence might mean for us; many of which are filled with fear and formed out of some very mis-informed understanding of what might then come next. IF - indeed there really could be anything at all.
The matter of perception then has become a means to deny, torment and persuade other people to believe in your own rather limited form of thought. So I decided to readdress those limits, and thereby open up the entire discussion once again, in a way that hopefully doesn't limit anyone else at all...once they loose the fear of course and begin to learn HOW TO truly continue on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always been astonished by how little an author gets percentage wise from the official publishers. This can be as little as 7% of the price of retail sales when you are starting out, maybe as high as 20-25% for the best known writers. This is ridiculous considering that it is the authors writing and often years of work which is actually being sold. So the major publishing houses are taking a major cut off everything we do - 90% in most cases - simply because they control the merchandising end of things. That control also allows them to censor or limit what can be read, based upon their opinions of what is or is not popular or worthy of being read. This has kept many new ideas out of the hands of man. And I really want to see that stopped. For all our sakes. So I recommend all new authors do the same. Of course this still requires that WE produce good, involving work! So be honest with yourself as you do the work, and write with that purpose or sense of interpersonal evolution in mind.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love words, with all there magic, which can take both my readers and I to other places in space and time, by the simple arrangement of the vowels and consonants within a line. Especially if you get the spots right, which may in turn require a great deal of thought and attention to all of lifes little details. So writing helps me do that in real life too.
Describe your desk
Contrary to popular belief, clutter and chaos is the way of the Gods, so I tend to follow nature and keep my notes and stuff arraigned in fairly close proximity to the basic territory I’m presently working in. Although my desk tends to include just about everything and anything I might encounter outside too. So I guess I'd have to say…it’s large.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
You are of course assuming that I have. Lets just say I matured in a wide variety of environments starting in Denver Colorado, then Idaho, California and now Oregon, with several stops somewhere in between anything this side of the Mississippi. I’ve wondered mountain tops and wilderness, ran rivers and walked through many a desert, both natural and man made. This has given me a somewhat unique perspective on life, which I try to impart in my writing, like a flavor…that might leave stains.
When did you first start writing?
As an artist I have always been a big scribbler, apparently from birth. I can still remember having my crayons taken away from me, with an added swat to my behind, because of my writings on the kindergarten walls, But as for real words... I won an award from my third grade teacher for a story I wrote about my family being ancient pioneers crossing the Oregon trail. It was great, I depicted several different ways to kill my sister off, and yet we some how always managed to save her too. Sort of a case of sibling rivalry vs social guilt set in a quite historic background -- filled with snakes and scorpions and wild Indians of course. None of which were a match for me and my mighty pen.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury with his "Martin Chronicles" probably started me thinking about becoming a real author as a kid. I was first seriously impressed by the power of writing though by reading several greek myths like Jason and the Argonauts when I was very young, along with the bible of course. Lewelyn's "Canticle for Lebowitz." still stuns me when I think about it, and there are many many others: including some of Stephen Kings work, Larry Nivens "Ring World", "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls, and "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" By Mark Twain to name but a few.,
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working generally, though not necessarily getting paid for it. I just like to keep myself busy and help out where I can. I also head out to explore my world as often as life allows me to, taking pictures along with my mental notes about what I’ve seen and/or heard each day. Sometimes I even manage to an paint oil picture too! But that is a rare event these days
What is your writing process?
Something sticks in my mind and then starts bleeding as I try to pull it out. And if its a big stick, with lots of flavor to it, I just can't seem to let it go, So I will write and write about it until it becomes something, I might like to share with you.
What are you working on next?
I actually have two more books technically finished and in the final polishing stage. The first which I hope to have out in the next few months or less is called “Grean Man” (spelled in the old celtic way), which tells the tale of a rather mundane modern man who gets the chance to meet the Goddess of old again, because she has selected him of all people for a very important mission designed to help all mankind. Of course he still has to be tamed and trained how to do that. So his apparent abduction by a pack of wayward elves is followed by a lot of re-education in the old shamanic ways. The second is called “Incredula” depicts the travels and travails of an ancient Timelord who is presently trying to come to grips with his inevitable immortality. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately he has the Buddha there to help him, by of course answering his questions with questions that cause him to question, the validity of his own quest. It very enlightening in all regards. I may also produce an Anthology of some of best poems too
Why do you write?
To find reason...in everything we do. It's a long process in many cases, but I've always found 'ITS' there if we look hard enough, and then find the words to simply help us...change... our present points of view.
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