I started when I learned how to write collegraphy at around the age 10. I thought the idea of writing with an inkwell was fascinating. I write a couple of shorts and published one under a pen name nearly twenty years later, here on Smashwords. I won't give the name, but it wasn't the best. But I did it. I've done other shorts and never published but friends tend to like my writing.
What are your favorite genres of books, and why?
I like Fantasy best. Sci-Fi would be next and mystery falls into a very close third if not tied. Fantasy because not only is imgination necessary, but so is "realistic imagination". You could put together an epic fantasy novel or short or somewhere in between only to have it fall on blind eyes because it "isn't realistic enough". It takes good imagination and tenacity to write a strong fantasy story and have it do well. The picture painted must convey outside of your eyes into the mind of another with his own touches added.
With Sci-Fi you get to bend the rules a bit more, but as with Fantasy it has to be acceptable and fit into the imaginaiton of the reader. 50 years ago if someone had written a story about people walking down the street with "smart phones" scrolling through "Facebook feeds" and arguing about "pictures of the best thing they saw on Instagram", no one would read the story nor would they believe it. Space missions to interglactic planets and other races were more acceptable then and for good reason - it fit into SOMETHING relatable to the time (space flight). Maybe someone would have blieved the Facebook Smartphone Story; but it would be discarded easier than "Beam Me Up, Scottie" because it didn't fit.
Now it does. So it takes imagination and tanacity to make it happen, and I like that.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. I love life and the people in it. There is nothing like it and unless you are too scared to admit it, you better get yourself involved in it.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is very similar to how I interact with people. While not fantasy or Sci-Fi, interacting with people cannot always be thought out in advance. You can come up with three or four questions you are planning to ask, but your first one might turn out to be it and you go off in a different direciton altoghter. As with writing, the character starts off and where he goes, I go.
What do you read for pleasure?
It gets my imagination going. I believe that just like an arm muscle, you have a "mind muscle". If you aren't getting it going every few days, life becomes that much more boring. I've heard say that experience brings wisdom and wisdom brings happiness (or something like that).
Well, what if you had a bright enough imagination to help get some solid experience in life? Food and words for thought.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer not to. I like the feel of a book, the smell of the pages, the texture of the cover (hard or soft) and when it is a new book, the smell of the fresh ink. To date, I have read one story by a favorite auther of mine on digital copy. I won't do it again. My bookshelf continues to grow.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having read L. Ron Hubbard's Writer's of the Future on and off for a few years now, it inspired me to reach out to the Universe of the Writer and Imagination and try it for real for a few years. Success or failure won't matter much to me at this point, though I have to be honest and confess I'd rather have success. But over the last ten years for my not having written nor published is complete failure so I am only going up from there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has allowed me to not worry about anything but pen and paper and what I can make unfold. By allowing my imaginative juices to flow without worry about editing, publishers, and the like, it gets me going. Should I ever go big or wish to, it was because I started off small. Smashwords made that happen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Communication of an idea of my world and what I can make in it and getting it across to another who finds wonder in it and interest neought to stay in it.
What are you working on next?
I will be working on the story of a man who hates to writes but is obligated to due so because of his unique mission that has never had accounts told in details - Dragon Hunter. Anyone who has ever gone out has not come back. Dragons are legend but Sha'dorn feels the legends are told wrong and he wants to prove it. Something in his bones doesn't ring well with the telling of the tales and the Old Words and I want to help him out.
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