My desk is something that no one should ever see - clutter central - and yet I know where every item is. I guess my desk is somewhat like my mind. People who read my books say they are amazed at how I can keep a thread running through so much seemingly disparate information. In the end it all makes sense.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have lived in many countries and this has influenced by world view. I tend to be very accepting of differences, This has influenced by work to the extent that it allows me to let my characters run with the story without feeling the need to control them. This has led to some unexpected plot twists.
When did you first start writing?
It seems I have always written. I was a creative writing major but I have done a lot of academic nonfiction writing which almost ruined by ability to write or even think creatively, so I stopped doing that and went back to fiction. I love doing research and do love to merge fact and fiction as I have done in my latest novel, Conspiracy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In writing Conspiracy I hope to both entertain and inform about a number of issues that are important to me and, I believe, to the survival of humans on this planet. Truth through fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have had many books published by mainstream publishers including Prentice Hall, Pearson Education, Van Nostrand Reinhold, and so on. Publishing has dramatically changed since I first began writing. Now, it is relatively easy to publish a work without the restrictions sometimes imposed by publishers and editors. It is wonderfully freeing! For the first time I have the ability to write with unrestricted creativity and to experiment in how the work is presented. Love it or hate it, Conspiracy,ws a joy to write and I enjoyed every minute of it. I am now working on a sequel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is getting to disappear into a different world for a while.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a sequel to Conspiracy. My characters tell me they have a lot more they want to say and do.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are John Fowles, Agatha Christie, Isaac Asimov, Dorothy Parker, and so many more. I love the book version of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. For me, the film did not live up to the book.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs inspire me every day. I have to feed them and they don't let me forget that.
What is your writing process?
My writing process has evolved tothe point where my characters now write the book. I just sit there and type what they tell me.
How do you approach cover design?
I have worked as a designer for a long time. When doing a book cover I try to select the one item that represents the core of the work and use that as an iconic image. I have to say that when working with publishers I had to endure some of the worst book covers and a lot of pleading and arguing with editors, to no avail.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite reading device is still paper books. I love books and have so many I had to put in library stacks. For me, an electronic image will never replace the feel and smell of books. I love old, rare books with their wonderful covers and deckle edges.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'll let you know when I figure it out. Still a work in progress.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, since I just uploaded my novel, Conspiracy, about five minutes ago, it's a bit too soon to tell. I am hopeful that Smashwords will be a great resource for distributing my books.
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