I have a great number of favorite authors, but I have to say than none have inspired me as much as Sir Terry Pratchett and his Discworld creation. The fact is--his career has been a light for me in the creation of Wanted Hero and the plans I crafted in how I wanted to both write and promote the series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm not sure I always feel inspired to get out of bed.
Beds are comfortable.
I do love writing and creating though--and so, yes, knowing I'm going to be crafting something to make a reader smile...or encourage them to do something amazing themselves...THAT is what gets me up and going most days.
...or I stay in bed,
Beds are comfortable.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My life revolves around family and youth. So when I'm not writing, I'm usually teaching--both adults and youth--or donating my time to the community. I grins wheat for the local farmers, deliver bread, pull weeds on farms, take donations for the poor...and work in youth programs.
Yes, I'm father of 12---so many of these things are done with the help of my own children. ...never too late to teach kids good habits.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations. That's it.
I used to download "FREE" everything, but most of what I experienced was drivel at best. Then I spent money on guesses and that was either a gold mine of entertainment or robbery. So I decided to stay connected with friends who read a lot and let THEM spend the money and tell me what the loved the most.
Now the books I buy are 80% on point, or better. Getting recommendations form someone you trust makes a world of difference. ...and it saves a nice chunk of change, too!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Though if I were to guess, it would be something from "My Minds Eye"...like the articles I post on my website at wantedhero.com.
Short, sweet, twisted. Odd.
What is your writing process?
Get up at 3am and start writing.
I do this from a rough outline--thoughts and a collection of tidbits from the world journals I've crafted over the years. Once I start writing, I'll go back to the previous chapter from the day before and do a light edit--that way by the time I'm done editing, I'm in the mood to add to the story and I can jump right into it.
The books get a read over once, and then I publish. Not the best system, but I focus more on adding to the story than the other details and my readers send me notes if there is anything seriously out of whack.
So far, so good.
How do you approach cover design?
Frankly I wish I could afford to have the covers done professionally--as in painted, but I can't.
So I do it myself. The key is to have as little actual art as possible--and focus more on fonts.
However--there's a distinct advantage to doing the Chronicles of a Hero series--in that the smiley face (from Wendell's shirt) is a trademark and it's pretty simple to craft. Eventually i'll have a professional do it over, but for now it's looking pretty good.
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