I usually find a style that fits my mood and the context of the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. "Little Men" by Louisa May Alcott because that was the first full length novel that I read when I was twelve. It was the book that inspired me to be a writer. 2. "Sole Survivor" by Dean Koontz because of intelligence of the writing. 3. "It" by Stephen King because clowns are creepy. 4. "Avalanche" because it was one of the first short novels that I read in grade school that captivated my imagination and pulled my young mind deep into the story. I remember actually being scared for one of the youngsters trapped in the house who suffered a life-threatening infection. 5. "Mr. Pines Mixed Up Signs" was my earliest childhood reader that I can remember and just enjoyed reading.
What do you read for pleasure?
I used to read horror fiction, but my interest have shifted to more mainstream drama about life in general. I also love to read science fiction as well as non-fiction scientific and archaeological digests.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
My desk is busy with so many different projects on it, vying for my attention at any given time. I may suffer from adult ADD.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up between the busy suburbs of Dallas and small town country life in East Texas. It really affected my first novel in the fact that the main events take place both in Dallas and in Tyler and surrounding East Texas countryside. My dramatic series, "Unwanted Homecoming," takes place centered around a small community in East Texas.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing poems and short stories in high school. By the time I was ready to graduate, I had a collection of about 50 some odd poems that disappeared through one of my numerous moves in the college years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a trilogy, really, that started out as one volume that was too large. There was a creative time void in the middle of the first rendition that I could not fill, so I decided to break it into two volumes. Naturally, a prequel came into my imagination, so a third volume became necessary. It is my first foray into fantasy, with a love triangle, good and bad sorcerers, and a dragon that avenges the loss of all its kind.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Muddy waters and unfair eyes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That remains to be seen. the KDP platform had worked okay for me, but I needed to broaden my opportunities.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Going to other worlds, living another life, and venting old demons from my past.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without fans, I would be just another bibliography in a huge index that nobody looks at anymore.
What are you working on next?
I'm continuing forward with my screenplay/episodic drama series called "Unwanted Homecoming," with Episode 8 coming out very soon (maybe by the end of September). I should also be concluding the edits of "Unbinder 2 & 3" by the end of the year. This is my dark fantasy that I spoke of earlier. I'm also working on another horror novel, "Shadow Dancers," which should be complete early next year, God willing. It's kind of hard to write for a living when you have to work for a living first.
Who are your favorite authors?
Louisa May Alcott, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is too short to spend it sleeping.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was for an English assignment for Ms. Penzick's class. I wrote about a kid who was kidnapped and taken away from home, managed to escape his captors, and rescued another girl.
What is your writing process?
Write it all down. Type it out. Spell and grammar check. Translate it one paragraph at a time backwards to find errors that Word does not see and rewrite parts that sound stupid.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I described that earlier. "Mr. Pines Mixed Up Signs." I must have been 7 or 8. It gave me the love of reading.
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