When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I typically spend spare time playing video games, reading, or watching Netflix.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly fantasy, though I've recently started getting into mystery/steampunk, historical, and graphic novels/comics.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing regularly in high school. Thankfully, I've gotten much better since then.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been a freelance writer for a few months and I've been writing fiction since about 2005. I've always wanted to get published writing fiction, but the trad route isn't quite my cup of tea, so I thought I would give self-publishing a try.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Coming up with new characters and exploring them is my favorite part. I have so many characters floating around in my head and they demand to be let out.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Harry Potter is one of my favorites. It was one of my first fantasy series I got into and introduced me to the wonderful world of fandoms. The Wayfarer Redemption series is also one of my favorites, with complex plots and characters. I, Zombie is one of my favorite standalones, it's a psychological ride that makes you think. The Newsflesh trilogy is a great take on zombies, as well, with very interesting characters. A Casual Vacancy also pulled me in quite well with the gritty, realistic characters. Of course, my favorites tend to change regularly, so ask again next month.
Describe your desk
I actually write while sitting on the couch with a video game stream running with the sound low on my TV. I use a Toshiba laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in pretty rural area, which means that it's hard writing about cities and they end up being very vague. I think the emphasis on personality and community where I grew up contributed to my love of characterization and backstory.
What are you working on next?
I'm going to start working on the first volume of an exhibitionism series that will involve multiple different characters rather than focusing on one throughout the series like my current one does.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Back in elementary school we had to write a story and, with my mom's help, I came up with a ghost train story. While I enjoyed it, I sadly didn't continue writing regularly until high school.
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