Improvisation. I get an idea and just run with it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Houdini. I was a young magician and when I read the life of Houdini I was inspired and amazed at his dedication and adventurous spirit.
How do you approach cover design?
I love creating graphics so designing a book cover is fun for me. I think about what the book is about, toss it around in my head, get inspired and just start putting pieces together, images, fonts. It takes awhile as I experiment a lot until I get the right feel. The issue isn't designing it, the issue is picking which one I'll use!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
For now, I'll list two.
Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a wonderful writer and his ability to keep me enthralled is a real testament, as oddly enough, I am not an avid reader of fiction or non-fiction. I predominantly read books of an esoteric nature.
Les Miserables. Victor Hugo is an astounding writer. He says so much in one sentence, after one paragraph I am enlightened as to the state of the world, and the underlying psycho-dynamics of the character. I remember when I first opened this book and began to read it, I had to put it down. I needed time to soak in the first paragraph!
Describe your desk
Typical. Stacks of papers, spiral notebooks, lighter, coffee, old cigarette butts, scraps of paper with somewhat eligible password codes, mail that I haven't opened and probably never will. Crystals, misc. toys, and of course, my stereo speakers.
When did you first start writing?
The first time I wrote was in the 7th grade. My teacher was a sort of stiff woman who was teaching us about rhyme schemes. One particular day, she had said that she didn't believe in God, that she doesn't believe in something unless she sees it. Afterward she began giving us an assignment to write a winter poem. By the time she had finished giving the details of the assignment, I had my poem written, walked up to her and handed it to her. She was shocked. It was in perfect rhyme scheme. That was the first time I channeled from a higher plane.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is the first book I am publishing on Smashwords. I picked them because they are able to distribute to a variety of e-book readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing takes on a life of its own, so I enjoy the ride. I love taking on the roles of different characters.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm happy if I am able to entertain and teach at the same time. My fans are lights in the world, and if they like my work, they share their light with me, it's a metaphysical exchange. That exchange is what is important to me.
What are you working on next?
The Bogs of Illusion.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I'm breathing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting, hanging out with family and friends. Meditating, going on walks with my dog.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. I was seven. I wrote a story about a witch. I stapled it together and then gave it to my mother. It was my secret vendetta. I was angry with her.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sherlock Holmes. Fairy tales.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was thinking of creating some kind of coloring book. Then the whole zombie craze came into being. My degree is in advertising and marketing, so I put the two together. I like how it turned out because I believe it makes a social statement. It's a parody.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Marie-Louise von Franz, the Brothers Grimm, Victor Hugo, and various poets.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. My high school English teacher, Mr. Dwyer, encouraged me to pursue a career in writing. I then went to Columbia College where they had the longest list of writing courses available. It was a long list.
I believe the experiences I had growing up there, the type of neighborhood I lived in, the type of school, I was raised by a single mom before divorce became popular. We had a rough way to go. I am the first person in my family history who has graduated from college. I worked full-time and went to school full-time at night. I did both in downtown Chicago, a conservative city at that time. Unless you work in the world of advertising. I worked for a promotional ad agency. There was money, long lunches, and privileges. Because of this exposure, I began to question, and began to entertain, many perspectives at once. In terms of what causes us to live the way we do.
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