Interview with Christopher Bays

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Normally the threat on not being able to pay my bills. That or the sunshine streaming in my window. You can only hide under the pillow for so long.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There's time for things other than writing?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through recommendations from friends. On occasion something popular will get swept up into the pile. Right now I'm reading a lot of non-fiction on writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's actually the reason I didn't write for a long time. I had some pretty harsh criticism from a teacher in high school and it wasn't until college that I got over it.

The story itself isn't worth mentioning though. I was more known for my poetry back then anyway.
What is your writing process?
I'll get an idea for a scene or a character and let it roll around for a while. I'll forget about it for a while. At some point it will start to haunt me and I'll start getting threatening calls from characters at three in the morning.

That's when I start writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't think I do. I was an avid reader as a kid. I was reading at age four and just devoured anything put in front of me. The first real books I read were probably from Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume.
What do you read for pleasure?
I lean toward Science Fiction and Fantasy. I love picking up a new anthology of short stories and reading all of them way too quickly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I had a Kindle for a while and it recently died. I'll probably get another one at some point. Right now it's either print or an app for my computer.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk right now. My desk tends to be where ever my laptop lands. Sometimes that's on the couch and sometimes that's out and about.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Which one? The one I'm editing is about a man caught between two worlds, trying to be a peacekeeper but ending up in the middle of a coming war.

The next thing I'm going to write isn't well defined so we'll leave it there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hands down, completing something. Regardless of whether or not it ever sees the light of day just completing a project feels great.
Published 2014-09-03.
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