Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'd prefer to think that I haven't grown up yet. Unfortunately, my age works against me in this regard. The influences to my writing are the questions I've had that went unanswered.... You know, the big ones like what the purpose of life is, that sort of thing.
When did you first start writing?
I've written on and off my entire life. More importantly, I've read voraciously all my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea that God has a sense of humor. Why else would he put enmity between man and woman? I am not a believer in organized religion. It seems to me that if God didn't want you to enjoy sex, or drink, he would not have made them pleasurable.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Wanting to tell good stories that entertain people. I wanted to write things that would cause a willing suspension of disbelief.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is wonderful. It provides an easy way for an author to get his works into the hands of people who want to read.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having someone ask about one of my books that they have read.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean that I did something right.
What are you working on next?
What else? Another book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to name them all, but I'll name a few: Herman Hesse, James Michner, James Clavell, Dave Berry, and a few thousand others. (Sorry if I misspelled you favorite's name.)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It always surprises me that I am alive another day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I used to Google for them. Now, I depend on Smashwords and a few other sites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yup! It was a story about a teacher I had a crush on in High School, and how she spent to leisure time.
What is your writing process?
I like to sit and write something through to the end, then go back and edit it a thousand times.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It wasn't a story, it was a poem. The Jabberwalky. "Twas brillig, and slithy toaths.." As far as impact, I think it got my imagination jump started.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Shogun, 168 Pound Marriage, everything Heinlein ever wrote. A Prayer for Owen Meany, Siddhartha. They entertained me, and I hope kept me sane.
What do you read for pleasure?
Junk mail sometimes. I read everything I can lay my hands on.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an old Kindle.
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Slip your clothes off, and crawl into a hot tub with God and a few angels. This time God doesn't give Moses any commandments, just a few suggestions. If you have a sense of humor, they may apply to you.