Probably not my first, but my earliest, most memorable was when I wrote a story as a sophomore in high school. It was supposed to include various literary elements such as metaphor, alliteration, and particular vocabulary. While I tried to incorporate as many of the required elements as possible, I know that I did not meet all the requirements. It must have been a good story otherwise though since I got an 'A' on the paper, while many of my friends in the class received lower grades though they did meet the requirements.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea. I start writing it. I write an outline. I start hating the idea. I brood. I soldier on and finish the story. I revise significantly.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My family read a lot of Shakespeare when I was young, but I don't remember loving novels until I read C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces. Then I read The Tale of Two Cities and from then on I was hooked.
How do you approach cover design?
I either ask a couple of my artistic friends what they would charge, or I use a computer program. I want a picture that I like to look at independent of the book, but ideally inspired by the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hard Times and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens for their beautiful prose and moving stories. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding for his ability to paint a picture with words. Winning by Bryce Christensen because my dad has been my inspiration in writing. The Book of Mormon and Bible for giving meaning to life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually classics, but I appreciate any book with a slight twist on reality.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None of the above.
Describe your desk
I believe strongly in stand-up desks. You could call me a stand-up desk evangelist. I converted half of my office to using them.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived in Rockford, Illinois as a young child, then Enoch Utah in my teenage years. I found that where I lived didn't really affect my desire to write.
When did you first start writing?
Technically, I believe that was when I first put pen or pencil to paper as a toddler. But as far as novel or story writing, one could say I'm just starting.
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