When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I dabble in daytrading cryptocurrencies, I pilot RC helicopters and quadcopters, I play video games here and there, and I cook a lot, for fun. (SEE MA? I'M WELL ROUNDED)
What are you working on next?
RIght now, I'm working on the Rachel Graham Wise Man trilogy, but I also have a book I started for NaNoWriMo 2013 called "Starting Over" that, when it's finished, I think you're really going to be floored by.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh lord, this is a loaded question. Chuck Pahlaniuk, Stieg Larsson, JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and George R.R. Martin round out my favorite "big name" authors, while I find myself reading more and more stuff by anonymous and lesser known internet authors on various story sites. Misty, John, and Shifer. They know who they are, and you should too, someday.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Basically, I'm getting to tell the stories that I would want to hear about. It's the relief I get after finishing an idea.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first complete story I can remember, was a Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon crossover fanfiction. It was TERRIBLE, but at the time I thought it was really good. I hadn't seen enough of either series to try writing in their universes at all.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The overwhelming desire to not lose my job. It's almost like my continued wellbeing depends on it.
What is your writing process?
It varies a lot. I'll spend downtime at work trying to play out the next "scene" I'm writing in my head, and I might squeeze in a few paragraphs during that downtime. I wrote 2 1/2 chapters on my laptop while waiting on my car to be worked on just yesterday. I do almost all of my writing at home, with a soda, a snack, and the occasional beer or wine next to me. I usually forget to eat or drink them, though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was "The Monster at the End of this Book", when I was 3. I think the impact from it was that I basically forced myself to learn how to read, because my father wouldn't teach me and my mother wasn't that good at it. It also kind of stuck with me as the perfect "kid's book", and I buy a copy for every child I know for their third birthday.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A secondhand Kindle Fire is my only e-reader, the only one I've ever had. It's the right size for my hands, and it's hackable into a halfway decent Android tablet.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to find an image that captures a major theme, be it a character's motivation, or an object of fixation, or something in that vein. Then I accent it with another image based on a completely contradictory theme. For Rachel Graham Book #1, for example, I used the main image of her violin, her creative outlet, what she loves more than anything. The accent image is of two butterfly knives, weapons with which she is an expert, and that play a major part in the climax of the book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think just getting it out there in as many places as humanly possible is the most important thing to do. I made a few posts on reddit, and I am just counting on my ability to write and edit quickly and effectively to get as many titles behind my name as possible.
Describe your desk
Controlled chaos. I have a full-tower gaming PC, two 24" monitors, a ridiculous "gaming" keyboard which I don't use for gaming at all, and a nifty mouse. I also have checks, The Elements of Style, a headset, a USB super nintendo controller, my car/house keys, a USB hub with my USB flash drive in it, my phone charger, two pill bottles, tweezers, screwdriver, scissors, headphones, three iPhone charging cables, and one of my butterfly knives on it. It's a mess, but I made it that way. I loves it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and currently reside in Louisville, KY, and I use locations around the city as inspiration when I'm trying to picture exactly how certain things look. When "Starting Over" is released, it's going to be filled with photo-illustrations taken in and around Louisville, as well. I think its biggest influence was a negative one, actually, in that it gave me a 'default' dialect that is full of improper English, that I've struggled to correct my entire life.
When did you first start writing?
I think I started writing for FUN my sophomore year in high school. I wrote lots of bad fanfiction, a 30-page movie script that is completely lost to time, and the required overly emotional poetry and 'song lyrics'. No, I won't ever be re-visiting anything I wrote back then.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to say "because it is easier", but that's not true. I don't like having to rely on other people to do things for me. I'm fiercely independent, in all things I do. This is just another one of those "things I do"
What do your fans mean to you?
The entire world.
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