I don't think of my writing as the kind of writing that requires a process. It's more of a free flow creative thing that comes when it comes. In that respect if I had a thing called a process it would really be like - here are the things I do that helps me pass the time while I wait for the creative bug to land... In that sense one thing that has developed into a practice for me is meditation. Getting still and quiet, I find, is an important component to being in the flow.
It's in that flow that ideas that are in alignment with who I am seem to come the easiest - or if I have an idea I am better able to get to a place to flesh it out. KRUMBLS took a long time - like over 15 years to get to a published product and not just an idea floating in my head that I was constantly talking about.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, in the age of the internet, I would say I read a lot of book snippets. Some of my favorite writers are Neville Goddard, Florence Scovel Shinn, Rev. Ike, Khalil Gibran, Louise Hay, Emmett Fox, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, Octavia Butler, Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Wright and so many more. So it depends on how I'm feeling in the moment which genre I'll pick up and then it depends on the book whether I see it through to it's end or just until I had a fix then off to another book....
Describe your desk
Crowded. Which is a nice way of saying messy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. I wasn't influenced so much by where I grew up as I was by when I grew up. just before the internet which meant a lot more focus on the printed word and talking to each other, face to face. Looking back I can't believe we actually did that, talk face to face. Whew. I'm glad that's over. Kinda freaks you out if you really think about it, doesn't it? lol.
When did you first start writing?
Early elementary school. I started with poems. I don't consider myself a pro writer so I find this hard to answer. But if I had to pinpoint a time it would be way back then with my need to put my feelings to rhymes.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is about the power of sharing. A little boy is out in the grass watching stars when something magical happens and he is taught something that changes his life forever.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Fear of being rejected by non-indie publishers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It provides an amazing opportunity for you get your book out there at little to no cost. Early on in the internet history there was a lot bantered around along the lines of leveling the playing field. Some of that is still true. Smashwords is one of those opportunities that level the playing field and allow any one from any background to publish a book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. It is one thing to say I am doing this for me. It's another to say wow those people really like what I do. Besides that I can only stand talking to myself in short bursts. fans alleviate the pressure and keep me from self-imploding!
What are you working on next?
Marvin's Summer Time Adventures. I think. We'll see. I hope you'll be there.
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