You mean other than needing to empty my old bladder or avoiding the beasts wanting to eat my face while in the field?
I love knowledge. Even more important is sharing that knowledge with others. The biggest rush for me, though, is obtaining that knowledge. The very process of learning and searching to discover what someone else has never found or to gain that little glimmering gold nugget....that's the REAL prize.
My goal is simple: To live each day as if I had hours left to discover all the wealth of knowledge I can.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, I have a regular spot saved for me in the back corner of The Roadkill Tavern, where its proprietor, Wood, has a never-ending flow of spiced potatoes and Black Seed Rum waiting for me.
...ok, it only flows as long as my tab holds out, but you get my meaning.
If I'm lucky, I'll have a visit from my daughter, Alhannah...and if TGII smiles on me, Green might show up. Unfortunately he brings Huey with him, but can't do much about that.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I either write them myself or I use the Fishis Archive Foundation to see what drivel is being written by the competition. Actually I prefer scrolls, ancient text and if I'm in the field, hieroglyphs.
...hey, staring at a digital screen only interests me so long.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure do. I wish to the gods that someone would have burned the whole print run too! I'm not that lucky. Not even Dathern Istul'll part with that stupid book...and I consider him a smart human!
The title was called, "The Pilgrims Pocketbook of People, Places, Predicaments and Pain: The perfect panacea for prepubescent adventurers."
Yeah, I know. Try saying that three times fast.
What is your writing process?
Research first. This starts with questions I want or need answered. Once I have the research done, I research the research to make sure all the sources are 110% credible.
Hate being caught with my shorts down when making a presentation to my peers.
This involves a daily journal and millions of words in dictated notes through my headset and cybernetic appendages. Once I'm ready to create a final draft, I have an AI program to convert the dictated notes to print.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. Other people handle this part of the publication process. Yes, I have some feedback--but it's rather simple. My personal taste runs towards the old school feel--of leather journals and hand-made books. So simplicity is key. You don't need more than a title and a little texture as far as I'm concerned.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
#1 Demoni Vankil (by yours truly).
Why? Because it was one of the greatest questions/mysteries of my career and I'd been carrying around the answer for decades. To discover information that the whole world was pursuing is a high that's not easily outdone. What made the book even more special, was being able to live the adventure...right along side Eamon, one of the greatest mago that ever lived.
#2 The Pilgrims Pocketbook of People, Places, Predicaments and Pain: The perfect panacea for prepubescent adventurers." (again by yours truly)
Why? It was a heap of bumps, bruises and gashes that taught me what to do as a writer/author and more importantly, showed me what NOT to do! After it was all completed, I do pull out my ragged old copy from time to time and reminisce about the relationships developed during the writing process and so many friends who have no moved on to better places.
#3 Berries, Beer & Black Tar
Why? This was the first book that did a complete comparison of the taverns around the continents of light, including the Black Market and the Brown Ram in Holääfeldi. Timmer Bittermin bribed his way into every corner of society to sample the best in food and drink to share with the rest of us. Other than having the personality of a Ram's backside, he's a good writer.
#4 Book of Forbidden Questions
Why? I only had an opportunity to read twenty pages or so from this ancient text before I was nearly caught by the guards in the Andilain Great Library. The things I saw created thousands of questions to add to my ever-growing list that's fueled my career. The reason I'd choose this book is because I would give my good arm for the chance to skim its pages and connect some of the work I've spent thirty years of my life collecting.
#5 Just One More Day
Why? It's the personal journal of my beloved wife. She used to record all her thoughts about missing me while she worked on location for the government faction. I didn't pay a great deal of attention to it...until she died.
What do you read for pleasure?
Old, dirty, ancient scrolls. The older the better. Give me a mummy or a cursed tomb and if it has something read from it, I'll take it with me everywhere.
Yeah,...even the loo.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Calpak6000b field tab.
It has a foldable screen that can be split into two, it connects to the FAF and a battery life of 16 months of constant use before requiring a recharge. I love the fat keys of the keyboard, the 16TB of storage space and it even has a bottle opener as an add-on feature.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
"Oy you! ...yes, you.
"Want to get smarter?
"Buy one of m'books."
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