Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Other than a trip to Toledo Ohio(which is less than an hour away) to visit relatives and a couple of trips "up north" to the woods, I never left the Detroit area until I was in my twenties. I was born in 1957 and raised in 1960's/1970's Detroit Michigan. That pretty much says it all doesn't it. The stage that's been set does not influence my writing at all. I play my part but I write from a place above the stage.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in the 1980's. I used to read Writer's Digest and enter the poetry contest from the little square ads in the back of the magazine. I was interested in being published and on the shelves at the big bookstores. I was always good at love letters and journals, just expressing myself on paper. At that time, I knew I had a special connection to "God". I didn't know exactly what the connection was but I knew it was special and different than the churchy type stuff.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember the first story I ever wrote. It was back in the 1980's at a lower level of consciousness and experience. I don't agree today with much of what I wrote then. The story revolved around Christianity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The downward spiral of consciousness into material illusion combined with the ease of becoming an indie author. I think it would be irresponsible of me not to say something at this level since I'm here, even though the whole level has no real significance, I'm still going to play the angle as best I can. The big publishers want to control who speaks. I'm pleased that the indie author industry is exploding the way that it is.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is readers. I don't use writing as a form of personal therapy even though it's fine for those that do. For me, writing is my voice in spots and areas all over the world, covering important information.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is that YOU'RE not a human being and you need to recognize that. You need to awaken from your self induced slumber and delusion in a dance of illusion. Maximum Meditation, get it.
What do your fans mean to you?
At this point, I don't know that I have any fans. I can tell you this though, if you read the words of any great sage or adept and you set out fanatical seeking that sage or adept in admiration, you've misunderstood the message. You need to look for you.
Describe your desk
I have a big brown wood grain desk. I purchased it in the late 90's. The desk has been through two moves from state to state. The top and three sides look relatively nice but the side where I sit is worn on the edges of the drawers where I pull them open. There's some scratches and some of the laminate is pulling away from the particle board. In fact I took a commercial stapler and tacked the laminate in a few spots to keep it on. It doesn't have a center drawer. It does have two locking drawers per side. My desk has a large top but there's never enough room on the top. I have a tower, a 21 inch monitor and an all in one printer sitting on the desk. A keyboard, mouse and pad. A blue snowball microphone and harman/kardon speakers. A cordless phone and a desk lamp. A place mat for my glass. Headphones, a grenade and crystals. There's reference books and materials, various business cards, lots of mail I have yet to look at, papers. African Shea Butter(100%), bottles of vitamins and supplements, Ben Gay, a 8x10 of my girl and a can of Glade air freshener. You know, it's a normal desk.
What is your writing process?
I generally take the subject and do an outline of the flow of the subject matter. Proceed from the outline into a rough draft and from the rough draft into a draft that gets a final edit. It's proofreading from there to correct typo's and bumps in the flow of thought. After that, I publish. I work in Microsoft Word. I've been working on moving from paper and pen with the early steps because going entirely electronic is a faster and cleaner process. The spell and grammar checkers help out, the earlier the better.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a book of answers to questions that are coming in from my readers of the first two books I've published. People are basically getting hit in the head by the information(and that's good). They want some clarity and a little assistance making the mental shift from delusion to reality. I'm happy to accommodate.
Who are your favorite authors?
The material that I like the most comes from people that don't write. They're generally so powerful in their consciousness of self and intellect that other people recognize them and write down what they say. People interview them in writing and film footage, document their lives because they're far, in between and not doing it themselves.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Having to use the bathroom first and foremost when I do use the bed. I generally sleep upright in a chair on a different floor from my bedroom. I guess the question is about what inspires me to move on into the next day. I just read the information stream from this spot of consciousness and transmit accordingly. One day I won't get out of the bed, you know what I mean? It's not entirely about inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I would say I spend the most time on the internet cramming information and interacting. I take care of my personal hygiene, do all the necessary things that a responsible homeowner and citizen does. I'm into community activism, bike riding and playing with my dog(not necessarily in that order). I'm normal in appearance.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I go looking for them. I'm big into non-fiction, self-help and reference material. I'll seek out an ebook on a subject and/or find youtube video's about the same.
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