Interview with Paul Gray

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in South Carolina. I was very bashful as a child. My parents were very strict and didn't tolerate any foolishness from children so I pretty much kept to myself and I think that was a very big influence where my imagination is concerned.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing stories when I was 11 years old. I was in the sixth grade and my teacher encouraged us to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on a Serial Killer mystery. The idea came to me while driving my tractor and trailer over the road. Everything I write has a little bit of my life in it. It may be a character in the book whose personality reflects someone I know, a location or setting or maybe even an experience but somewhere in each of my books there's a piece of me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Success is a relative term. I started out listing my books for a few pennies and didn't sell many. I think the only sales were to family members. I've since made my books free. (I guess I need to reimburse my family for their purchases).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Verbal expression is a joy to me. I'm always writing something or thinking about something to write. I don't speak the way I write. Writing allows me to think about what it is I want to say and allows the time to say it better.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? LOL, what's that?
Who are your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz, Peter Benchley, Dr. Seuss.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Memories of my life. I just turned 60 this past August (2014). I have lots and lots of memories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love music. I love to sing (thankfully I live alone). I play several musical instruments, all of which I taught myself to play.... well, I had a guitar teacher when I was younger. Music and writing take up most of my time when I'm not working my day job.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sadly I don't. I even had to read it in front of the class but it was so long ago.... sorry.
What is your writing process?
Well.... my process is probably not the best in the world but when something hits me strong enough to want to write about it, I just sit down at my computer and start typing away. I have to say I've started far more projects than I've saw to completion but who knows, maybe one day I'll get back to them.
Published 2014-09-19.
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The Paradox of The Origin Of Life
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A New American Superhero
Price: Free! Words: 12,690. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A new American Super Hero emerges as the result of mutations brought on by natural selection.