Interview with Winston Crutchfield

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for books by authors I'm already familiar with. I like reading series fiction, and settings that I'm familiar with from other media.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a blatant imitation of Frank Peretti's "This Present Darkness". The only remaining copy is buried in the scrapbooks my mother assembled, and there it shall remain for the good of all mankind.
What is your writing process?
I have a very visual process. I tend to write stories as if I were watching them on a motion picture screen. If the story is complex, I'll create an outline first so I can keep things straight. Otherwise, I take the initial idea, combine it with my chosen characters, and set things in motion. Hopefully, I can keep the plot on a logical progression.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love comic books, and have an extensive collection. I read the Mack Bolan series of men's adventure novels every month. My old favorites come out on an irregular basis to be enjoyed again. Lately I've been reading biographies. Most of my library is sci-fi and fantasy, mystery and adventure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I bought a Kobo tablet when Borders introduced the Cruz. I eventually traded up for an iPad, but Kobo is still my reading app of choice. I also read a lot of books on my phone.
Who are your favorite authors?
How to pick my favorite authors.... a quick list of authors whose books I've read multiple times or make a point of acquiring: Jim Butcher, Phil Elmore, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Anne McCaffery, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Published 2014-07-18.
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Books by This Author

Signal Man and The Old Detroit Drive-In
Price: Free! Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In "Signal-Man", a lone figure stumbles out of the distance with a word of warning on parched lips. In "The Old Detroit Drive-In", passengers gather within the safety of their train to see what has become of Old Detroit.
Rope Bridge
Price: Free! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Grandpa Jesse shows young May a magical world on the other side of a rope bridge.
Look Both Ways
Price: Free! Words: 860. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Lizzie sees time differently, but what will she do with this ability?
Water Is Life
Price: Free! Words: 44,660. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
John Wilkerson, the Jesus Geek, dedicated his 2009 podcasting season to Podcasting For Water, raising funds to provide clean water to people who desperately need it. This volume includes original works from Deborah Caligiuri, Laura Thompson, Kelsey Felder, Justin Lowmaster, David Crutchfield and Winston Crutchfield.
A Voice in the Wilderness
Price: Free! Words: 48,590. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
John the Baptist was a unique person in the history of God’s plan for redemption, and in the history of the world. He was the last of the Old Testament Prophets, and the first of the Apostles. He was sent before Christ to prepare the world to recognize and receive the Savior. Authors were challenged to fulfill the function of John the Baptist’s office in creative and visionary stories.
The Least of These
Price: Free! Words: 44,970. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
This project challenged authors to treat one of six themes wherein an act of compassion performed as ministry to another is actually service rendered to the Lord: hunger, thirst, alienation, vulnerability, sickness, and imprisonment. This book contains original fiction, personal accounts, and compelling essays.
Fish Food
Price: Free! Words: 700. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A group of animal rights activists take dramatic action to save a rare and endangered species of shark.