When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I participate in my local church and Emmaus/Chrysalis communities. When not doing them, I am with my family. When they are busy, I play video games and board games. Recently I got a new guitar and I'm letting it teach me how to let it make music. (Otherwise, I watch youtube videos for hints.) I listen to audiobooks when I am alone in the car. My favorite genre of TV/Movies is scifi.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a fantasy about a girl who gets bound to many things and she finds that she is the cause of it.
What is your writing process?
I brainstorm heavily and enter ideas in Evernote. Then, I start an outline to flesh out story, conflict, and characters. Once I am satisfied that I have a beginning, middle and end, I start writing while following the outline. Then another character speaks up while writing or the story will zig when my outline says zag. I write it all down (the good, the bad and ugly). Find I have more story and my outline is half done. Keep writing. Finally, find a finish.
Leave the story a bit, come back to the story to revise, mold, edit, delete, save for stuff later.
Get a working copy then have three people read with individual special assignments. 1) The flow of the story and relatability of characters. 2) My grammar nazi. I know that I am southern and I need help. 3) Since I deal with Christian topics and theology, check to see if Jesus shines through and what stuff is wrong.
I get people's copies back and find that they decided to change roles and give me different feedback than requested. I smile, make corrections (rewrite, redefine character, move events around).
And .... well the rest is editing.
How do you discover the audiobooks you read?
Audible.com and GoodReads are what I use to find my next read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely, I remember writing something in elementary school about some kids on a field trip to a zoo and a tiger escapes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first chapter book I read was "A Dog Called Kitty". I remember that it was about a kid who was scared of dogs, but one dog would not give up and they became best friends.
I told everyone I know about this great book, but I don't remember the "why" that I told them. I think that it was because I like dogs.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible Atlas Shrugged Ready Player One Off to be the Wizard Monster Hunter
Who are your favorite authors?
Brandon Sanderson, CS Lewis, John Scalzi, Larry Correia, Scott Meyer, Daniel Suarez, Timothy Zahn, Robert Heinlein
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family moved every four years in the South (Tennessee and Texas). Then I joined the military where I moved from coast-to-coast, (New Jersey and California). The verdict is still out on how it influences my writing.
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