I remember the first story I wrote. I was six and my grandfather had just died. My grandmother came downstairs, I was reenacting the misspelled words on my grade school paper. She was sure that I was talking to my grandfather. In a way i was. My grandfather was my hero and so he was the hero of the story that i had written.
What is your writing process?
Sparatic. I don't really know what happens. I fall in love with an idea, a character and the way he/she responds, their insecurities, their securities. I get the idea in my head, try get as much down as possible and then just go for it, like I'm that character.
Describe your desk
My Desk. Well frankly put-it's a mess! Outlines here, idea's there. pictures drawn for me, pens, pencils, paper, colorful design ideas, folders, trapper keepers with finished manuscripts, and unfinished. And one more thing, my favorite thing, my computer!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grow up? Um, can I get back to you on that? I'm still growing. This influences me everyday. But Where I grew up? I loved where I grew up. It was homely and small. I think as a writing the most influential part about where I grew up is the fact that most of it isn't' there anymore and sometimes, it's like a dream-like a beautiful, tainted dream.
When did you first start writing?
Writing? I first started writing when I was around 5. I'd take paper and pencil and write the things I read. I was very happy to learn to spell everyone in my family's name. I wrote them all down, along with other things such as, can good names. And they were all jumbled up together. This coining the adopted name for my uncle, "Dole Pineapple Lonnie."
What's the story behind your latest book?
My Books are creatures of circumstance. I start writing with one idea and it emerges into something else. I am consumed by the reality of the characters. It's fun. The latest story came from a long time desire to be back in a band and to be back at a skate park.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love indie things. I've sort of always been indie-plus I'm not a very formal person. I feel like being an indie anything brings you closer to your audience and takes the plastic off, so to speak and you can just be you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy to me is the places you can go. The human brain is amazing and given the chance to go, it can take you so many places. There are so many places in life and so many things. Writing for me, brings new life, new understanding.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, the fact that I'm able to have books in publication is a tremendous edge in the game. Smashwords has helped me understand how to do things and just what it takes to do them.
What are you working on next?
I've got another short story in the works and in the new future a YA novel.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm spending time with my family, going to the movies, to soccer games and model shows, my sister is a model. I like to go to the gym and relieve stress and hangout with my friends. Mostly,
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