Cheapskate that I am, I looked through what was free to start with. It's also a great way to discover new authors. I also look into the works of those whose blogs I follow.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not exactly, but it was probably a creative writing exercise that I did back when I was in grade school. My mother might have it tucked away somewhere, but it probably doesn't need to see the light of day if it still exists.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't know if it was the first story I ever read, but it was certainly my first recollection of reading something just for the joy of reading, and that was, Inherit the Wind. It was one of the few books, along with the novelization of the first Star Trek movie, that I read in grade school that I read simply because I wanted to, and not because I was compelled to. As far as the impact it had on me is concerned, it let me know that it was possible to read something just for the sake of enjoying the story, which is something most of the required reading I had to do in school did its best to eradicate..
How do you approach cover design?
My covers are my own ideas, and I do my own artwork. Normally, I have a sense of what kind of visual I want, and then I do my best to make that happen. Things don't always come out exactly as I intended, but no cover goes out that I'm not happy with.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like the books that I find to have compelling characters and good stories. As far as genres are concerned, I'm probably not as all over the map as I think I am, but it does vary. As far as why is concerned, well, what's the point of reading if you aren't enjoying it?
What do you read for pleasure?
Nowadays, there's not much that I read that isn't for pleasure. Even the things that I read for the sake of "continued education" are things that I would probably read anyway.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I can't say that I've determined what my favorite is. I use Google's Play Books on my smart phone, simply because it was already installed, though I'm not 100% satisfied with it. I also downloaded some other free app, that I don't remember the name of on my Windows tablet. Again, I'm not 100% satisfied, but it was free, and it does the job adequately.
Describe your desk
It's made of particle board and came in pieces that I had to assemble. The veneer is a dark brown, almost black, wood grain. On the right side, it has a small storage area that is near the floor. The top of it makes a space for a computer tower, then there is an elevated shelf that covers that area where a monitor or printer is supposed to sit. It also has a keyboard tray. (Not quite what you had in mind? Oh well. I'm not about to tell you how disheveled and disorganized it is.)
When did you first start writing?
In Kindergarten... However, if we move beyond the mechanics of putting pen to paper, and avoid further snark in order to answer the question as intended, I'd say about 10 to 12 years ago. I don't remember exactly when I started blogging, and I have deleted some of those initial posts, so I don't have an exact time frame on it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had this grand notion that the first book I published would be some masterful novel, or at least a short story. But I also couldn't get past the notion of having to give my first book away for free. Since I decided that a newly produced story would be too much work on my part to just hand over without compensation of some sort, and because I didn't have anything else ready yet, I decided to compile the poems from one of my blogs and give that away for free, since it was already free on my blog, anyway.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the ideas and thoughts swirling in my head come into a more tangible existence that I am pleased with.
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