The greatest joy of writing for me rests in artfully speaking the truth; often it is a maligned truth, or a reality that many do not wish to face, but which desperately needs to be heard. It must be communicated artfully, because to swim in the seas of cliche` and mundane adds nothing.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I am busy on serial fiction. I think my next project will be another collection of poetry, probably a bit more depressing than the first outing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorn, Edgar Allen Poe, Ramsey Campbell, Gene Wolf, Stephen R. Donaldson, C.S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time in various other passions -- creating music, creating web pages, creating interactive fiction. I read quite a bit, listen to music, and explore new places. I don't spend much time passively.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I remember one story that I wrote very early on. I am pretty sure it was in third grade. For the time, I was proud of it, although if I could find it again and read it, I would probably think it was a rather derivative SF story. I remember that the main character found a ring that filled his ears with liquid, which in turn transported him to a different planet where he did battle with a hideous monster.
What is your writing process?
My writing process consists of two approaches: gathering ideas, and then assembling the body from the skeleton. I tac back and forth from one to the other. Sometimes I write, even if the writing doesn't come out well. It's like you have to flush the gunk out of the system before the good stuff appears. I do think that writing on a regular basis is important -- there is definitely some discipline involved, some craft to support the art.
How do you approach cover design?
I think visually, and my experience in web design brings covers to mind quite readily. Usually I will find a photograph I've taken and send it through Photoshop to tweak, and then arrange it as needed on the page.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide variety of books for pleasure, spanning history, theology, cats, gems, fragrances, psychology, sociology, politics, programming, linguistics, anything odd and interesting (to me), really. As far as fiction goes, I prefer deeply emotional works and have a soft spot for turn-of-the-century Romanticism.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ebook reader of choice is a Nook HD+.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Books with meaningful samples, professional introductory matter (as if it were a real book -- which it should be), and a compelling cover.
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