Interview with Croyus

Published 2015-03-21.
When did you first start writing?
Way back in the early 70's (I'm oldish), I remember sitting at my babysitter's dining room table, papers strewn about. On the pages, a tome of epic proportions was written. I lost myself in the characters, the adventure, the big lined paper. I'm not really sure what the story was about, but I remember I liked the buzz of getting lost creating something, tweaking it a little, and changing its whole meaning. It was cool.

Then I began to program in Pascal (Turbo Pascal, but that isn't that cool). I wrote analytical software for the Mayo Clinic. Each variable was a character. Each procedure was a scene. The collective was a novel that if one part changed, the plot (program) would fall apart. The rush of getting lost in a program was cool, but then they changed the syntax of the programming language. It drove me from programming in Java, Perl, or C++ into using English. The syntax is harder, but I know it's not going to change. Besides, add enough periods at the end of a sentence, and everything looks right. Until....
What's the story behind your first book?
Dad's Library Volume One: 27 Crappy Poems and Other Things to Read on the Toilet grew out of boredom while I was sitting on the toilet. I had my iPhone with me and needed a topic to fill the time. Thus, out of necessity, I wrote crappy poems about my poopy experience. I'm thinking my book has a large mark on it about it being in the bathroom, because it was all written in the bathroom. My muse does smell.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Clive Barker. His imagination is epic and most of his book are as well. I've probably read Robert Heinlein more than anyone since I love his big ideas and dialogue. He is more sexual than you would think, but that is classical sci-fi for you.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day is a new opportunity to do something new and better than the previous day. Every day is different, from what I will eat, to what I will write, to what I will do with the llamas. Life is an adventure if you let it be.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at my day job... but beyond that, I've got 3 girls playing soccer, I help coach the local high school soccer team, I have llamas, donkeys, goats, cats, dogs that I feed daily... I try to get a little writing in there when I can.
What is your writing process?
My writing process usually comes with a thought that just appears out of the blue. This is usually my mind putting 1 plus 3 plus G together to make ^. It just kind of happens. When it does, I usually think on the idea for a couple days and then outline the story, book, practice plan. The outline can be saved for later when I have time to write it. The first draft is always stream of conscious with some of the streams dug up already (see outline) and some of the streams just flowing like lava after 5 years... it still moves, just a little slower than the other streams.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Stranger in strange land" by Robert Heinlein was the first book I ever read that I truly enjoyed. It was so different than anything I had read before. It made me think of what is possible within the confines of what is probable. I think I groked it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have about an hour in the car so I listen to audio books. I like horror fiction as well as non-fiction based on big picture ideas... like butterfly effects on any scale. I also spend hours surfing and exposing my brain to any topic I can find. StumbleUpon is my friend.
Describe your desk
My desk has two monitors, two computers and piles of papers strewn about it. When I clean it, I lose things, but for some reason, if the piles builds and spreads out, I know where everything is. A cluttered desk? Yes. An organized desk? Definitely.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy how the first word connects to the last word like a beautifully constructed software program. In programming, if one variable is wrong, the program can crash. The same is true with a story. It's wondrous how everything builds and works together.
What are you working on next?
I've got two things in flight. I'm finishing up the next book in the Collector series. It is entitled "To be the Collector." And I also have a non-fiction book related to my day job. Throw in a bunch of soccer practice plans and marketing activities and I should be able to sleep on Thursday.
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Books by This Author

To Become the Collector
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,670. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
"To Become the Collector" is the continuing story started in "To Find the Collector." In book two of the Collector series, Tabytha has died. Cyris is alone. He spends his days drinking, trying to forget their memories of happiness. However, as the enchanted creature he is, he can never get inebriated to silence his tortured mind. Will he ever be able to move on...
To Find the Collector - Romance That Lives Beyond Death
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,340. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Buy the first book in the Collector series: To Find the Collector Tabytha can see dead people. The remnants of the departed are all around her. Day and night Tabytha can hear the dead crying about their unfulfilled dreams, their past lives, their loved ones long since lost. The tales of sadness and loneliness are never ceasing. She can never love with such a morbid bound life. Or so she thought...