I remember first taking a real interest in writing while in middle school; so it was in the early '90s. It wasn't until I started high school in 1995, though, that I finally began to get serious about putting my ideas down on paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm pretty sure it was some god-awful fan fiction for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of the Opera.'
What is your writing process?
Sit down and write.
I don't really have a specific process. I'll spend a lot of time going through scenes in my head so I have a better idea of what I'm going to do when I sit down to write, but I'm not one of those authors who typically plans and outlines a story. I usually get an idea and just start writing to see where it takes me. If a story turns out to be a lot bigger or more complex than I anticipated, then I'll start storyboarding on index cards.
What word processor do you like to use?
I DON'T like to use a word processor, actually. I know it's probably considered 'old-fasioned,' but I actually prefer to use a notebook and a pen. I really enjoy the physical act of handwriting. Plus it's a lot easier and cheaper to always carry a notebook with me instead of a laptop, and it's more reliable than technology. But I do the bulk of my writing, including my multiple drafts and revisions, by hand. After that, I'll type up the final draft in OpenOffice.
Describe your desk.
A booth table next to the play area in the food court of the local mall; usually with my MP3 player, a box of coloured pens, and a coffee. But I've also been known to take over an easy chair in the cafe or library at school, as well as spread out across my therapy table during break.
What are you working on next?
I'm kicking around ideas for some more lyrics and poetry. I have scraps of lines that I really ought to finish. I'm also thinking about doing some kind of non-fiction anecdotal or short stories work about living with a special needs child; kind of a 'year in the life' piece, if you will. And of course I'm always working on several writing projects that are for my own enjoyment.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm either working on music or brainstorming my other writing projects. I do a lot of reading. I also like to walk the boardwalk at the beach when the weather permits. Otherwise I'll relax with a movie or a video game.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy/fiction, New Age, and Quantum Physics.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Kryon and Lee Carroll, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and H.G. Wells.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Barnes & Noble Nook, because I'm able to load all of my own projects onto it to easily carry with me for reference.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Probably 95% of the eBooks on my Nook are from browsing through the various genre categories and downloading titles that sounded interesting to me. About 3% are digital versions of some of my more favourite hard-covers and paperbacks. The rest are my own projects.
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