My writing process requires that I first spend a lot of time researching the underlying subject of the novels. For book one, I spent a long time researching about many different animals and how their interesting facts could be woven into the story. (I will never again research tarantulas - I spent way to long staring at their pictures and videos for the book.) Same thing with the Seven Ancient Wonders for book two. I've typically spent a year doing the research and outlining the plot before I actually begin writing. Then, once I begin writing, it's another year or so to completion of the first draft.
What do you read for pleasure?
This may be a surprise, but I actually don't do much, if any, reading in the genre in which I write - middle grade fantasy/adventure. I like to keep my books as free from influence from other books in my genre as possible. Much of what I read for pleasure are actually non-fiction books or articles. I think this comes from my background from when I received my undergrad degree in philosophy. I'm always looking for a good story with a well-developed character, big reveal, or interesting plot hook - so I'm not against reading any genre if it has any of those things.
Yes and No, the first story I can remember writing was a story I stole from the movie Tall Tale. The story about Pecos Bill shooting off the trigger fingers of 50 men. I wrote in when I was elementary school. I don't have it anymore, at least I don't think I do, but I remember the handwriting and the paper. I can see my handwriting as a child and the wide ruled blue lined binder paper. I saw myself as telling the story again, not plagiarizing at the time, not sure which is actually true today.
What is your writing process?
I don't have one. I can't stand trying to create outlines, brainstorming. Sometimes I get an itch in the back of my brain and I have to put it to paper. That's probably why I can't ever write something longer than a handful of pages, but I think that my work remains fresh that way. Having a process would pigeon hole me in to great a way to breathe. At least that's how I feel.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I volunteer as a wilderness patrol ranger at Mount Rainier. It's a great way to stay connected to God's creation and serve the visitors in the park. I enjoy cycling, leading a church small group and hanging out with my young grandson!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I began paraphrasing Jesus stories from the Bible years ago. It's always a great learning experience to write them out and then repeat them verbally later with a friend.
Started writing in mid of '05,half way though 5th grade after a friend of mine had shown me a site where i can share my writings for everyone to see & read.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Right now,I'm writin a story called 'A Game of Pretense' or 'AGoP' for short. The msg behind this story is to tell young peeps to not take things for granted....importantly when it comes to relationships. I came up with this idea after jammin to 'It's All Lies' & 'Voicemail' by B.A.P
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Philippines, the only Christian Nation in Southeast Asia. I was born and baptized as a Roman Catholic but was exposed to other religious sects too. That exposure led me to reexamine the practices of the Roman Catholic religion and compare them to those written in the Bible. That comparison inclined me to write about what I have learned.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poems when I was in college. The first was: "My Lost Doubt" and followed by "Emmanuel" published in a National magazine in the Philippines. During that time I was also composing songs based on the verses I write. My first attempt in writing book was: "We Are Gods: Jesus Said So" in 2007.
Its simple but a colourful one. I am an adventurous person. You will find pictures and certificates of similar things all around and yaa it has a picture of me too on the top of some hill in Maharashtra.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Its titled "When nature called it a day' I was in Nepal during the recent Earthquake and its basically my experience of the recent Nepal Earthquake and the how we were rescued back home by the Indian Air Force. This was one incident that I can safely say has changed the way I looked at life. The most tragic experience I have ever had so far.
Personally I don't actually read ebooks. I get headaches from wifi and so a few years ago ditched the mobile phone, went back to using an Ethernet cable and spend a lot of my time feeling like the last person in the world without a tablet. This is why I hope to eventually have print editions of my work as well as ebook editions, but in the case of 2034 I will have to wait until I have enough work to put together in an anthology of short stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers. I also make my own epub files and try at least to market my books myself. In the beginning I did outsource cover design and the rest, but I personally wasn't ever fully satisfied with the outcome. I therefore decided to teach myself a few basics, source some great free software from the linux community and go my own way.