Injustice. Abuse of power. Disrespect for the teaching profession.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. If they connect with my words, I am being useful to them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Trying to be helpful to readers in reflecting upon and understanding their world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to see my book be available. The traditional publishing world is now so focused on sales, it will not consider an author without a "platform," by which is meant an existing readership. This situation is a little like saying, "We hire truck drivers only with experience." How does a new driver get experience? Also, I wanted to promote an issue that I believe is very important to our national well-being: education.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We shall see, but I very much appreciate the opportunity it has provided.
What are you working on next?
A satire about higher education, beginning with the parking office.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Planting vegetables and pulling weeds. Camping with my wife and cleaning up the woods. Pulling weeds. She is very good to stay with me, as you can see.
What is your writing process?
What do you read for pleasure?
Yes and no. I often read to understand what is happening, which is sometimes not a pleasure necessarily. On the other hand, there is pleasure in seeing human connections created when people say, one way or another, we object to the mechanisms that keep us from understanding each other. There is pleasure in heroic human efforts to better the world.
Describe your desk
A mess. But I'm fond of it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A rural community. Next to a cemetery. I loved to walk through it and talk to the ghosts. I found them much more understanding that regular people. I also love the land very much.
When did you first start writing?
I forged a note to get out of school. It worked.
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