I don't have a desk. I have a multitasking table. Otherwise known as a sewing machine table. When I'm not writing I lower the laptop and place a tray over it so I can eat. I really like the L-shaped support system because I have long legs and as a kid I was always banging my knees on table legs or the sides of a desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up west of the Mississippi but that is not what influenced my writing. A professor at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania (upon whom I still have a crush) taught me how to write. As far as authors go, John Steinbeck's style is my favorite.
Who are your favorite authors?
Unfortunately mostly dead ones, Clancy, Flynn, and Steinbeck. I like Baldacci's books as well. I'm hoping to find a favorite Smashwords author or two. Now that I'm done with this first book I want to do some reading.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a heart attack that disabled me and I spent a lot of time reading and hanging around a second hand book store. I read some books that I enjoyed. The latest was by a guy named Ben Coes who has three books out that I know of. His first book was pretty good and I could tell it was his first book. Then I read his second book and it was light years ahead of the first one. His third book was better than his second. I could see his learning curve. Then one day I was standing in line to buy a book and the guy in front of me was buying a book about how to write a book. It dawned on me that most of us avid readers are wannabe authors. I figured why the hell not? I don't how good my first book is but I learned an awful lot from writing the first one.
What do your fans mean to you?
As far as I know I don't have any. But I would hope that they would give me insights into my characters and story lines. If I get something wrong or really wrong I hope that they let me know. I'm really looking forward to interacting with my fans.
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