When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
To be blessed with two endeavors, as I, is probably asking way too much. However,I have. They are writing and inventing. So consequently when I'm not writing I am following the other.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock wakes me and it is so easy to roll in the opposite direction and return to the land of slumber. But, I know that I have been issued another day to be creative, so I don't.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical non-fiction and non-fiction books with the lives of Presidents of the United States as their subject matter.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Barnes and Noble's Nook
When did you first start writing?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be completely honest, I became an independent author because I apparently didn't meet the requirements of the traditional literary agent.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has help me believe in me as a writer, and judged my writing on its quality.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share my message.
What are you working on next?
I chiefly write about assassinations. The project I am currently working on is the assassination of President William McKinley.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I have attained the status of having fans they mean everything to me because without them there would be nothing. As innovative as Smashwords is, without the reader our efforts would amount to zip.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Steinbbeck, D. H. Lawrence and many others I haven't yet read.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly through Smashwords.com.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Affirmative. It was a book about resilient floor tile. Several books had been written on the subject, but they weren't very good. I did a great deal of research and I believe improved on what was out there. To further clarify the reasoning behind writing the book. I spent 35 years in my own janitorial business maintaining the stuff.
What is your writing process?
Rewrite, rewrite and rewrite.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It had something to do with Jane. I don't remember what that something was, but I do remember that I fell madly in love with her.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave it in the hands of a professional.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Using a blog to familiarize the reader with my works and using a platform especially in the social media.
Describe your desk
I would like to say it is neat and clean and the epitome of organization, but is the epitome of clutter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A fact of life is that if you have a dad who is a promising young salesman you move around a lot. Before graduating from high school I had lived in eight cities. The problem was that I was too young to appreciate what I saw. i.e. the missions of California or the cathedrals of Notre Dame University. I hope to fill this void in my mature years which obviously affects my writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Who is responsible for McKinley's death and the description of life in America during the 1890's and 1900.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Of mice and men" is a prime example of the reduction of clutter. I consider Stienbeck's book the one book that written for the reader.Remember, at that time agents were reluctant to represent any work less than 140,000 words and this book has only 105 pages. "Lady Chattilier's' Lover" because of Lawrence's attention to detail (which at times is a bit much). "The Animal Farm" b/o Orwells use of metaphors to describe a political doctrine.
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