My brother-in-law (who was managing editor for a major publisher for 20 years) gave me two valuable bits of advice on how to write books. 1) Place your butt in the chair in front of the keyboard and stay there. 2) If you're not typing, your doing it wrong. Essentially he was saying self-discipline is the key. Though I'm primarily interested in writing science fiction, I like to do extensive research on my subject before I actually begin with item 2. It may be fiction, but it still needs to be credible.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first sci-fi book I ever read was The Horde, which is now out of print (wish I could remember the author). The characters seemed to be real. The scenarios were believable. The storyline was smooth and held my attention. It wasn't a long book (maybe 200 pages or so), but I had a hard time putting it down.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover needs to catch the eye and draw the reader to it. Not too much detail. Not too "busy". Clear, easy-to-read text.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
C. S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters: Deals with the temptations and challenges of life. Steven King: Dark Tower Series: A twist on reality that is almost believable. Orson Scott Card: Ender Series: Innocence of youth pitted against evil. Steven R. Donaldson: Covenant Series: Man's struggle with his inner self. Asimov: Foundation Series: Cross-cultural conflict.
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