Stephen King, Larry McMurtry, and Anne Rice are favorites of mine.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the sequel to 'The Heart of Talan.'
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I have a mortgage to pay so I better go to my day job.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The day job, mostly, but when I have free time I love to get out into Nature. I'm a birder and I love to take pictures of birds.
What is your writing process?
I start with writing notes. I think I have about 10,000 words of notes for 'The Heart of Talan.' But I don't outline or even plan too much. This story ended up very different from the way I first envisioned it, and the scene in my head that inspired the whole thing didn't even make it into the book. I set myself a goal of writing 1,000 words a day and I keep a spreadsheet. I definitely don't always hit that goal and there are days I don't write at all, but I would never have finished 'The Heart of Talan' if not for that spreadsheet holding me accountable.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love fiction - many kinds of fiction. Sci-fi and horror, mainly. But I'll read just about anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Lately I've been using a Surface Pro 3.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I knew how. My mom bought me an antique Underwood typewriter when I was pretty young, and I taught myself to type on it. I wrote a lot of really terrible horse stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've never felt like I'd be able to navigate the process of getting published the traditional way. I didn't think I had the drive and heart and 'thick skin' needed to submit my work and take the rejections. When I realized that I could write what I pleased and publish it myself, I was really excited to try it. I feel like I'm too old now, frankly, to pursue traditional publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it's mainly the joy of creating - and of course, it's a thrill when someone reads something I've written and likes it.
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