That is a hard question. If I have to choose only one thing it would have to be creating characters that seem real to the reader. All my life I have found great joy in acting, books, movies, and most of all table top role-playing games. When I write it gives me the brief opportunity to see the world from an entirely different point of view. Sometimes my characters experiences are like my own, but other time they are so foreign to me it forces me to think and feel more deeply about the situations, and in some small way I hope that translates to my readers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well that is a funny story. I absolutely hated English class. That is until I reached the my last two years of high school. I had never understood the rules up to that point. Every time I was handed back my work the red ink and poor marks that colored the page never made sense to me, but then I had a teacher named Mr. Dance. He turned the whole subject upside down for me. He was engaging and taught the class cool little tricks to remember sentence structure. Most of all he taught me that the story tellers job is to tell the story, and to shine a light into the hearts/minds of the readers. Its and editors job to help the storyteller make sense. Not every author has a perfect understanding of grammar, but every great author is supported by an equally great editor.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are just friends I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet.
What are you working on next?
I am currently work on gaming projects for Social Zombi Game Ltd. that I hope to see published sometime in the near future. I am hoping that I will have the opportunity to turn my Dollparts Campaign Setting into a series of novels. Also, I am planing to do a children book written entirely out with haikus about a lovable monster.
How do you approach cover design?
I tend to approch my cover design the same way I approch all my art. First, I try to thing of a fitting theme or scene. Next, I try to deciede which style of art (pop, ink, stencle...ect) feels the most geniune to me. Lastly, I make it. That is all there is to it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Tao of Pooh - strong message that is made humoris and excessable through the stories of my youth. Any Terry Pratchett Book - It is the perfect blend of to of my favorite literary genra's. Fantest and Satir. Pricess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs - Classic lit that make me feel as if I am watching a sci-fiction action movie. Dirty Job by Christopher Moore - Dark and Fun. Read it at least twice. Bible - But I don't like to discuss it in mixed company.
What do you read for pleasure?
Role-playing books, Specultive Fiction, and what ever is suggested to me.
Describe your desk
Covered in snack wrappers, pens, dice and notes...I thrive with a little chaos.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, have a good time with close friends and family, and watching a little TV.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a childrens picture book that I wrote in the third grade for a class. It was aweful, and my mom still has it squirled away somewhere.
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