I don't remember when I wasn't reading, I don't remember when I wasn't writing. I remember the first ghost story I told, how it sent all the other trembling campers to their sleeping bags in fear. I've been a storyteller, in one way or another, ever since.
Do you remember the first story you ever read? Ever wrote?
Humpty Dumpty was my first read, and he inspired the first story I wrote. It was the story of a beautiful, bitchy princess...who falls flat on her face. I think the world might be ready for that one, maybe I'll publish it on Smashwords!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a voracious reader, and I've written for pleasure and release all of my life. But the success stories of other indies motivated me to publish this work. Previously, an author needed perfect contacts in the field (and lucky stars) to succeed. Nowadays, each of us has - at least in theory - equal access to the reading public.
What's the story behind your latest book, Under Wraps?
Thematically, the fear of lack of control permeates Under Wraps. Can Helen control the ramifications of online voyeurs? Can her husband Martin control his urges? What's the result of her son Gene's loss of control over his desires? And ultimately, how much control do outside forces exert on the behavior of the family? Condoms, horses, Trojans and spies, hidden evils of a tangible yet elusive nature lurk everywhere. But ultimately, what control does anyone have?
What do you read for pleasure these days?
As I age, non-fiction is on par with fiction. Perhaps poetry is my least favorite genre, but every ilk is on my bookshelf. In my younger years I read two or three books a week.
Who are your favorite authors?
Shakespeare and God. And so many in between. This week, for example, I like Alexander McCall Smith. I appreciate his depth in brevity, sorely needed with today's cultural attention deficiencies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Goodreads, browsing Smashwords, and from referrals from friends. I'm a rabid fan of the comment threads on any book. I love the modern ability to find out the truth about the quality of any product or service, books especially!
What is your writing process?
I use an iPad Mini to read and to write e-books. The floor is my writing desk. My characters usually start shouting at me around 4 AM each morning. Sleep be damned, they want their story told! I don't stop writing until the outside world - usually another human being - makes me stop.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy building a character from the inside out, and find it fascinating to hear a reader's feedback on physicality (which I rarely elucidate). Sometimes the disparity in one reader's idea of how a character appears compared to another's is incredible. First impressions, appearances, these cliches can be bashed with a good book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your free time?
Walking, reading, cooking and jigsaw puzzles. I also spend a great deal of time working on my own Theory of Everything. But quantum physics is a story (perhaps even a book?) for another day.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
Right now, I'm working on Over Exposed, the sequel to Under Wraps. Helen, Gene, and Audrey escape to Bali, a land in the midst of taking the leap from undeveloped to modern in a single generation. I love these characters, and I can't wait to find out where they'll go and what they'll do next!
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