Messy despite constantly cleaning it. It's mostly covered in books being read or waiting to be read.
When did you first start writing?
My earliest recollections is sixth grade. I had an English teacher who inspired me with her love of writing and she encouraged constantly. I got a position on the school paper and really liked it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's real life, actually! Well, the basic premise is. There is a lot of embellishment in the book but I actually took stories from other expats I've met over the years in South East Asia. I've done a lot of sitting around in bars and have heard lots of tales. So mostly the book is true. You just have to decide which part is or isn't. Any expat who has spent time in Asia will recognize most of the stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's easier and it seems to be the wave of the future. I don't have the patience to send a manuscript to dozens of publishers and get rejections! This way is easier and I can see what works and doesn't work. I'll trust the readers to determine that.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Ask me again once I start selling books!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's relaxing. Hey, everyone of us has a story no matter where we come from or what we do. I just enjoy putting them on paper.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to this one. Also, a book of poems, sayings, and whatnot.
Who are your favorite authors?
Haruki Murakami. I also like Banana Yoshimoto and other Japanese authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breathing. Good food. A good swim and the smell of frangipani flowers. Mostly, my wife!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Listening to music. I like jazz but blues is my passion. I am a huge fan of The Rolling Stones and have seen them 116 times to date! And travelling, anywhere and everywhere!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, yes. It was a review of a Rolling Stones concert for my high school newspaper. It went over quite well as I remember.
What is your writing process?
I don't think too much unless I'm writing poetry. I just put ideas on paper and run with it. Then re-read, review, add and subtract.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Any of the Haruiki Murakami books. I love his style and approach to writing. As to why, all I can say is that he appeals to me more than any other author. I honestly don't like American or British literature from the 20th and 19th centuries. No one appeals to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
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