Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Well, I grew up in the country. I feel where you grow up has a serious affect on anyone's personality. I love nature, but I feel my imagination takes me many places. So where I live, is a small piece of the puzzle in my origin in writing, honestly.
What is #The_Eccentrics movement about?
Stating that I am "the leader of eccentrics" is not really me saying I am the leader of a group, but more of a statement that encourages my readers to embrace who they really are. There are quite a few people that identify themselves as eccentrics now a days. I'm just taking it a step further. Creating my own personal # for all of my work: I embrace the eccentricity within everyday things; through my writing, and photography. The # #The_Eccentrics is an archive of my work. Anyone who identifies themself as an eccentric will see the thread on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr. It's a great way to reach out and connect with like minded individuals online. I've been using the # for almost two years in social media.
When did you first start writing?
Since I was 13 years old, I have always written something to vent about whatever situation I am in. I feel that passion for literature has matured over the years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Bisexual men are the main focus in my upcoming novella. I'm not sure of the type of reaction I will get for it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It has been in the making for quite some time. I've stayed dedicated to my writing since I was 13 years old. It's been my dream to become an author for so long, I don't have a complicated, romantic, answer for that. I can simply just say, I love what I do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives me the creative control I need, to get what I want out there to my readers. That's a great privilege, and can be a curse in many ways though.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for an avid reader like me, is reading one's own work. I love writing, and even though I have changed my style up a bit, I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know if I have a large fan base. I hope that I inspire and uplift anyone who cares to read my work. So, I guess I see my fans more as my friends than my clientele. I'm open to their opinion about my characters, mainly because it's their interpretation of them between mine, that really brings them to life. Your character lives in the heart and minds of your readers, I feel.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm working on a novella that focuses on the life of a bisexual man. I don't want to invent some sort of stock character that relates to closeted men.If I were to compare it to another body of work it would be Another Country by James Baldwin. I want to portray the life of an average black man in today's very "open" society. There ofcourse will be a touch of homophobia to make it realistic. It's not centered on the main protaganist's shame of his sexuality though. He's just running away from the past.
Who are your favorite authors?
To be more specific: I hold Ransom Riggs' Mrs. Peregrine's home for peculiar children books, on my shelf, and close to my heart. I've read all three novels, and I can't wait for the film to come out. I have some Belva Plain; she's quite a brilliant author as well. Plain's novel Whispers is a must have, trust me. I respect Plain's work ethic more than anything. I too hope to be able to release a novel a year until, well, I can't.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I have to get out of bed. I'm not sure if that's a direct answer, but it's the best one I can give. There is no reason anyone should lounge around so much; pick up a book to busy your mind.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Honestly, at work. I'm also a photographer, which is one of my main hobbies. I run on my down time to keep my head open as well; I'm trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Wish me good luck.
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