I generally get an idea and then feel compelled to turn it into a story. This happened recently with a poem that I wrote and submitted. It remains to be seen if it was good enough to be accepted.
How do you approach cover design?
It depends if I have a say or not. If I do, it usually tends to be a little darker than the average. My favorite designer did the cover for "In Passing" with a couple of suggestions from me. Andy Rector is his name; I hope I get to work with him again.
What do you read for pleasure?
It seems like I'm reading so much for several different reasons and from several different sources/formats that I don't know what's for pleasure. But I like good fiction: J. Grisham; D. Brown; D. Koontz;
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the kindle app, but endorse no one over another.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing for fun in college, mostly song lyrics and poems that never made it out of my room...
What's the story behind your latest book?
“The Town Beneath the Christmas Tree" was created, one late November, when my granddaughter Hailey (also the star), complained that I hadn't created a story staring the grandchildren, since I had one staring her parents, aunts, and uncles. That story is part of the anthology: "Lost Tales from the Mountain: A Halloween Anthology, Volume II" (Mountain Springs House Publishing 10/2014). I looked at Hailey's inquisitive expression, and then at the Christmas tree and the town beneath it, complete with a functional train. I knew that the grandchildren would be transported there. I smiled and asked, "How about we write one now?"
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters, scenes and moods, as well as story lines.
What do your fans mean to you?
Time will tell, but those who currently follow me have a special place in my heart.
What are you working on next?
I have two books coming out in the next several weeks. The first continues in the tradition of the twisted family holiday book -- "The Town Beneath the Christmas Tree” (Books To Go Now -- publisher) -- and is set around the Easter holiday. The working title is "Good Friday: Dreams and Nightmares" but that could change. It is intended for an older crowd, with a bit of romance. It is about the same length as TTBTCT. The other, “In Passing,” (Linkville Press) is a full-length Paranormal Suspense, and actually has two parallel adventures, with the same heroine, but years apart. The first adventure occurs after an accidental suicide. The other while she tells the story of her adventure; simultaneously evading “Death”, who’s been following her ever since.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, or working, I'm spending time with family, attend church, fix things around the house, and try to figure out how to stay connected with all this social media stuff. I also try to get out once in a while and pretend I have a life.
How do you get inspired to write?
I've always enjoyed creative writing, going back to the second grade; and had played with the idea of writing a professional book on anger management, which I was somewhat of an expert. Life got in the way after three chapters, and thank God it did. It was awful. Then, in 2006, I was misplaced from a long-term job and had the time. I’ve been writing is some form ever since.
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