Interview with Dr. Disaster

What is your writing process?
My writing process is spontaneous. For fiction works, I sit and start daydreaming as though I am living in the moment or watching a movie. For non-fiction works, I think through the what's and how's of my experiences in the topic I am writing on.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I do not recall a specific story, but I do remember my first reading experiences were Garfield books. I would plug the gap under my door and sneak a read when I was supposed to be sleeping. I got my first Garfield book for my 3rd grade Christmas.
How do you approach cover design?
I try not to.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I do not have any stand alone books in my top favs. My top books are more of a top series selection. My favorites are any of the Dirk Pitt stories by Clive Cussler, the Honor Harrington books by David Weber, the 1632 series by Eric Flint, The Fleet collections, and the Halo stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly Sci-Fi and western stories for pleasure, but I do enjoy a wide range of nonfiction reading too. I will read anything from gardening books to physics books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I would have an Ipad 2 if I could afford it. For now I settle with a regular Kindle. I am happy with it, but I cant wait to upgrade.
Describe your desk
It is my recliner with a dressed up cedar board across the arms to hold my laptop so it can vent properly. A good book is always in reach, plus a snack and water. My recliner sits in the window where the sun can shine in and brighten up my day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the big city suburbs in Dallas and Ft. Worth. It had no effect on my writing. There was not any literary influence as a result of living there. I only recently discovered that I can sit and create, so writing now has relevancy to me. I never had any cause to sit and write for any reason. I avoided it due to the excessive report and paper writing I had to do in my ten years of college studies. I suppose after an extended break from writing, I started with a toe in the water and began to discover the benefits of pleasure writing.
When did you first start writing?
In 2011 I became a cancer patient. Though it was not serious, I had some time on my hands due to time off from working. I began to write what was in my imagination. I have yet to complete any project related to those stories yet, but I did finish a few short stories. I then decided to try making a newsletter for a disaster preparedness podcast site and sent several samples off over a 6 month period. It did not become an ongoing project. It did lead me to write and publish a disaster preparedness book. Now I have a few article sized writings available too.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I saw that it could be done totally for free. I had already been writing, but to be able to publish anything I completed online seemed fun.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
To be determined.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I feel as though I am accomplishing something. Unlike video games, I am really making an accomplishment that can potentially affect my future positively.
What are you working on next?
Lots of stuff at once. I really have the writing bug now. As of 2013, I am splitting time among a few projects. One is a play on the imagination related to how the Alamo could have been better defended. Another is a series of short stories in the Bolo story universe, and a third is my take on the story line and events in the TV series The Walking Dead.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love hiking for elk antlers. You can find them laying around in the mountains, and they are free. I make antler lamps out of them at my store called Aspens and Antlers. You can find a Facebook page for it. I also enjoy hiking and driving my jeep on scary mountain trails. I am a teacher by profession so I spend my time with children all day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse the download sites and pick the free ones that seem interesting. That is how I got inspired to write.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I just remember I was in fourth grade and my mom still has it somewhere around her house.
Published 2013-10-04.
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Books by This Author

What If...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,990. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
A zombie apocalypse has occurred on the cable channel AMC, and Dr. Disaster tells us how he will survive and thrive in The Walking Dead.