Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a fifth generation Washingtonian growing up in the nation's capital afforded me the opportunity to witness and participate in some historical events. My boy scout troop participated in inauguration of presidents. In Washington, D.C. we love news, politics, and information.
The District of Columbia is one third Rock Creek Park. I spent many times wondering the woods nurturing my love of natural things. In this oasis one does not feel as though one is in a city. No sounds of traffic or signs of the bustling city penetrate through the vale of the trees marking the boundary between the worlds of man and wood..
When did you first start writing?
I became creating stories with my sister when we were very young. We sold our creations to the neighborhood kids.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Fairy Gym is a short poem. A tale of the muse working the artist till the creation is born.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My friend Trista is a writer and publisher. I like the idea of being independent. Relishing the ability to retain control of the content of my books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We shall see. However, just to be published is a success. The goal is to get the works out there. Hopefully I am able to translate what I feel into words and images and my writings will find some resonance with others..
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting thoughts to paper has always been a more effective way for me to communicate. My mother and I always left notes to each other. Often while fighting. This gave each other time to think about what we truly wanted to say. And communicate without being defensive or abusive to one another.
The best thing ever is to convey a thought from one mind to another.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers are along with me on a journey. If something I write can entertain, assure or help another that is a bonus beyond any goal I have. I just hope to reach someone. In that way I know I am not alone.
What are you working on next?
I have a collection of poems, short stories, online comments and rants compiled into one blast of writing called Writings From The Mind Of Roland Victor Currie.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ahh, too many to list, but a few are, Edith Hamilton. I love reading through her compendium of Greek and Roman Myths. Joseph Campbell's hero with a thousand faces shows most cultures are basically the same. Issac Asamov's science fiction is more about individuals, personalities and psychosis then technology. He and the writers of STOS reflect current situations based in the future.
Just as the Greek and Roman myths resonate with modern man, modern man's actions and reactions will be the same in the future. Advanced technology brings a little more oomph to the story. High tech and magic are akin. As has been said one man's magic is another man's technology.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to use the facilities. (smile) Really, though I like walking outside and taking pictures. The images inspire me and stur my imagination. Otherwise, I write while in bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like snorkeling, bicycling, tennis, pool, table tennis, horseback riding, boating, traveling, dancing, reading and talking to people. It's getting bad. I start conversations with everyone. We will spend a bus or train ride yapping away. By the end of the ride we have entertained ourselves immensely. And hopefully their day won't be so bad. Promoting community and friendship to offset all of the negative news one has no power over.
I am also a 3D artist. Creating virtual reality characters, objects, and environments. These also inspire stories. I have a few clients who use my services. I also design web sites and web based CD/DVD presentations.
I was part of the team to create the Discovery Channel Online's premier web site. I also redesign the web site used by all of the United States embassies when contracted by the National Foreign Service Institute.
Multi-media is a passion of mine. As an artist with a degree from Duke Ellington School of the Arts and my electrical engineering degrees from DeVRY and G.W.U. I like to merge the disciplines. to me science is art and art is science.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for topics of interest. I am interested in everything.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I created a group of super heroes and put them in a comic book my sister and I made.
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