My readers. I started publishing free stories and would often get people telling me to go write a book. I laughed and told them I was nowhere near good enough to get paid for writing. They disagreed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I suppose this is a very cliché answer, but the privilege of getting paid for writing - the freedom it gives you to express yourself and that that expression of your own vision on life, can be interesting enough to others. I also happen to think that the ability to entertain others, to bring happiness to people's lives is one of the greatest things a person can do - and perhaps one of the most difficult. I am still trying.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are the reason I write - the ones that told me I was good enough to publish, even when I laughed and said 'no way.'
What are you working on next?
The Silvan is a Trilogy which is already written but NOT edited. So, the file for book two is open and slowly being dissected. It will take a few months at least, and it will take some encouragement to publish. I am just eager to see what impact, if any, the first instalment has.
Who are your favorite authors?
Arthur C. Clarke, J.R.R. Tolkien, Somerset Maugham, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury - so many!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Exasperating my neighbours with my atrocious violin skills, cooking and messing around with my dogs.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh yes - Childhood's end, by Arthur C. Clarke - what a READ! What a piece of utter mastery. The guy was a creative genius.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, this is my first experience. I already had some original, commissioned artwork but knew I could never knock that into shape for a book cover. It took weeks of surfing the net, comparing, procrastinating before I found what I wanted, at a price I could afford.
Describe your desk
Completely, and utterly - neat. Everything is lined up, straight, nothing is out of place. No one touches my desk - nobody.
How do you feel about your upcoming book launch for Path of a Novice?
It's as if I don't want to think about it, in case it's a complete disaster. But then I wonder if I might actually sell a few copies, and that someone out there will like it. I have no idea what to expect so I sit and dream, and maybe I'll die that way - who knows.
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