Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens,James Joyce,William Faulkner,Stephen King,William Shakespeare,Alexander Dumas
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The opportunity to create
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have never yet read an ebook - I am a bit old school
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a short story entitled "Eyes"
What is your writing process?
I am a frantic and somewhat obsessive writer. I work in spurts and once started I cannot stop till the inspiration that is flowing is all captured in some form.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was "Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter and as a farm boy it had an enormous impact on my sense of animals as being more than just tools and food for our use.
How do you approach cover design?
I'll tell you when I finish the first one - I intend to ask my friends who are artists to help me create a unique original design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens because it contains the most beautiful and moving version of the reason for this Christian feast while touching on the hypocrisy and injustice of our world. It is timeless in its appeal. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Dickens because it has the nerve to tackle the very difficult task of making sense of a brutal and explosive time. "Pet Cemetery" by Stephen King because it has a terrible cautionary message for us all about dabbling with powers we do not understand and trying to mess with nature. "The Three Musketeers" because it is one of the best and most engaging action and heroic stories of all time. "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner because it is the most unique format and innovative style which breaks many of the "rules" about structurte and form in writing a novel.
What do you read for pleasure?
My current favorites are Science Fiction and Spy thrillers
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Have no idea - it will be new to me when it happens
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is my first attempt - I'll let you know
Describe your desk
It's a mess
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
On a farm in South Western Ontario Canada near a small town called Seaforth. It has had very little influence that I am aware of. Maybe I have always had a feeling for the world and nature that is more rooted in the earth than most.
When did you first start writing?
I was writing poetry during my University days - then in Toronto in the 70s I had a wonderful time writing in the cafes - I would sit for hours drinking coffee and writing furiously the poetry of love and rebellion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is the fantasy tale of a person whose life journey took many turns and led to great awakenings
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I felt a powerful urge to write the stream of consciousness that I felt while travelling in the strange and romantic land of the Middle East - it was as if someone opened a door led me through and I had to write my way back
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading my work and feeling that feeling that you get when you just can't put it down - I did not believe it could ever happen till it happened
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll let you know when I have some
What are you working on next?
I am thinking of trying to write a screenplay
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