Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot as a child, yet spent the latter half of my childhood and graduated high school in Enid, Oklahoma, a city of about 50,000 people located in Northwestern Oklahoma, so I tend to think of that as my hometown. I wrote the majority of my first poetry book while living there. This is reflected in my poetry on occasion, but I also am fascinated by the history of that place and poems like "Dining with your Skeleton" and "Blanton-Kiowa Line" reflect a love for where I grew up. I now live in the bay area in California, which is the polar opposite in a lot of ways, but I retain friends in both places.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poems around age 10. I only have a few of those poems due to a computer crash that occured a few years later. I had a strong desire to be a writer at age 11, and while I took many detours throughout my adult life, poetry has always been there. A lot of my childhood poetry is now archived in my first four books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to write a lot of Three Stooges fanfic. The first story that moved beyond that genre was a forty page western, inspired by the play acting that I did with the neighborhood boys. I tried to write a young adult novel about a kid in junior high, yet after 120 pages, and two years of work, the computer I'd been typing on crashed and I lost access to Lotus Works as well as a lot of that current draft. I also wrote a lot of Monkees and Beatles fanfic as a teenager. I now largely stick to writing poetry and back my files up religiously. A lot of why I publish is to archive my poems permanently.
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What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always had a desire to be a poet since I was 11.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Its meditative quality.
What are you working on next?
My tenth book.
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