I've been dabbling in combining adult fiction with themes that most would find uncomfortable or categorize as downright horror. There's a certain similarity between being afraid and being 'excited'.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been doing this sort of thing for years for fun and have had mostly positive responses to things I've crafted. I'm always striving to get better so I thought straight up publishing would be the next logical step. I think this was the best decision!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There's a point in time when I'm writing things and just want to scream "AHHH, THIS IS TERRIBLE! I HATE THIS!" I give myself a bit of time to finish it out or move on to a different activity and come back to what I was working on previously. At this point, I'm more positive and feel proud and excited to have even written something in the first place. It's that 'aha!' moment that I'm addicted to more than anything else.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I've had people follow me since I began amateur writing, almost six years ago, that STILL pop in and ask me questions or tell me about what they're excited about. I don't think I'd write at all if people weren't pushing me on and inspiring me when I started out. It's a great feeling and I feel blessed.
What are you working on next?
I wish I knew the answer to that myself. Right now, there's eleven outlines and drafts that I've written pretty hefty notes about. There's even more scribbles of outlines that I haven't touched since I thought them up... I'm working on so much!
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a Stephen King fan for life and I have a love/hate relationship with Scott Lobdell. Alan Moore crafted beautiful universes that expanded my teenage mind and imagination to ridiculous levels and I'm still thankful I read his works when I was younger.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A strict schedule and excessive amounts of caffeine. Once I'm in the habit of doing things; brushing my teeth, feeding my fish, cleaning up the stove following breakfast, etc... I try to keep that habit going and I've tried to maintain that rationale when it comes to writing as well. Motivation is fleeting but discipline is something that I need more of, definitely.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gardening and watching flowers bloom from a plant you sowed seeds for months prior is an unthinkably joyous feeling. I've kept a relatively large garden maintained for three years but I think it's starting to get away from me again... I feel slightly embarrassed about this but I'm really good at fighting games and sometimes get a bit too serious and competitive about them. I blame my dad for constantly playing Mortal Kombat and Fatal Fury with me growing up!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My friends and coworkers make numerous recommendations but I'm into the nichiest of niche interests so that makes my selection pretty easy. Following the purchase of a Kindle, though, I've been more inclined to read indie best authors in a few categories and it's been a pretty magnificent experience. I need to read out of my comfort zone more. I never would've checked out Hard Luck Hank if I didn't. (Am I allowed to name drop books here?)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember being in second grade and I had an assignment where I had to make a story I believe. It was about a female calf that had gotten left behind from its herd and was finding its way back. Illustrating as best a six-year-old with crayons could, I drew that calf's difficulties with pride and turned it in. My teacher was shocked at the effort I put into it and showed a few other teachers and... I just felt proud. I love teachers that inspire students and push them to do their best. That event alone may have pushed me to write more these days.
What is your writing process?
I take my laptop to the patio with a cup of coffee, a few cheap spiral notebooks with scribbled ideas, and a determination to get better with each passing day. Finding an idea to develop further from one of the spirals, or further developing things from the previous day on a word document I find my groove. Sure, I get distracted by YouTube and a few other article sites, but I tend to get into my WORK mentality. Turning off my Wi-Fi helps too!
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