It's a bit fuzzy, but yes. I think it was a story that I wrote and then made for my mom's birthday when I was 5 or 6. There was a lion and a snake and a...diamond (maybe). I remember being very into Aesop's Fables at the time, which no doubt influenced the story. My mom loved it, of course. I remember her laughing, which gave me this wonderful sense of accomplishment. Strange that it took me 25 years to find that feeling again.
What is your writing process?
Ideas are easy. They pop into my head all the time. When it's time for a new project, I set aside some time to figure out what I want to do with the story. This could take as few as a few hours to a week depending on the scope of the work. From there, I plan out a schedule to get the story done. If it's a short story, 3-4 days plus editing before it's ready to be published. Each day I have a target to reach, whether it be an emotion I want to create or simply a place/decision I want the characters to reach. All that said, I don't hold to the schedule when, for some reason, the story veers off into a direction I didn't expect. Sometimes my ideas work and sometimes the characters or situation I've created tells me differently.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is important, to be sure - especially for a new author. By I don't think, personally, it's something to lose your mind over. Yes, hopefully it's clean, simple and eye catching. But beyond that, I don't worry about it. I simply wish I had the Photoshop skills to take my design idea, execute it the way I want and be done with the process. Sadly, I have neither the time nor the inclination to learn the insanity of Photoshop, so I'm left leaving the design to others. Whatever you do, don't strive for perfection, just like with your writing. Strive for something that makes you proud and then publish the damn thing. The world isn't going to wait for you while you dither over some tiny imperfection.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm all over the place, much like with my taste in music and movies. My philosophy is: if it's good, it's good. Who cares about the genre? What I've got on my plate right now is Michelle McBeth's debut "The Sphere", Scotty Meyer's hilarious "Off to be a Wizard", Rolf Pott's existentialist "Vagabonding: The Book", even more existentialism with "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami and "The Hangman's Daughter" by Oliver Pötzsch.
Describe your desk.
Messy. I'd post a picture if I could. The wall to my left is covered in post it notes charting the characters and progress of my current novel, Charlotte Gnoll. There are papers everywhere, filled with scribbles about characters, plot and, of course, the thousands of other ideas for other stories. So many post it notes.
When did you first start writing?
When I was five for narrative fiction. I stopped around age 10 for some reason. At 20 I started writing poetry. At 30 I restarted my narrative fiction career. My only explanation is that I became normal for an awkwardly long period of time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's really hard to become a non-indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating true emotion. My greatest moments as a spectator enjoying someone else's creation is when I laugh or cry or feel inspired in a completely genuine way. I love that so, so much. And it's a difficult process to first establish realistic characters in a relatable situation and, from there, honest to god emotional contact.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Running. Nothing prepares me for the day better than getting my heart pumping and sweat pouring. And if running's not an option then Crossfit. Exercise keeps my mind centered and focused. And I can't create without it. Since my days are filled with creation, I gotta get out the door as soon as possible.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Planning meals or trips with my fiancé and roommate. Or working out. Or reading. Or planning a party. Or, if my awareness is right and good, taking time to ensure I actually slow down and take the time to appreciate the fantastic live that goes on with or without me. I have trouble with that sometimes.
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