My desk is either the kitchen counter, or my lap as I sit in bed. I've had a tough new year suffering from shingles and residual pain. However being mostly bed ridden and looking for simple entertainment led me to completing massive amounts of work learning about music and working on a big book. I just published the first section of my work: Merlin's Guide to the Merlin - Ten Fun Songs for the Seagull Merlin. So I definetly wish it didn't feel like there was someone digging a spoon into my eyeball 24/7, but on the bright side I am a published author now. :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up just outside of Philadelphia. The influence on my writing came from seeking a cool place in the summer, my local library!
When did you first start writing?
I've made a lot of albums (63) and a lot of videos, but this is my first time publishing a music book. I first started working on music as a very young child, before i could read.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book is a song book for Seagull Merlin. The Seagull Merlin is a new instrument (first released January 2014) that is wonderful. I have played many instruments for many years, but this one has taken me to a new level of obsession. The Merlin is aslo tuned diatonically, so it has opened many doors to me. The Merlin doesn't have all the notes a piano or guitar have. That has led me to learn and understand music in a new way. There are two analogies: The creativity experiment where people are more creative drawing on a paper with a line already on it as opposed to a blank sheet, and the phenomenom that you can see fewer stars in the city, but it is easier to learn constellations since you only see the brightest stars.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I found out I was getting a Seagull Merlin for Christmas I went to google to look up some chord charts, scales, and neck diagram. I was astonished to find nothing. What? This was the type of thing I was born to do. I pounced, and i have comp,leted a lot of work to create resources. Over the next few months I will be organizingmy work and publishing it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is awesome! So fast, and created by an obsessed creative mind (I say that with huge respect). I look forward to watching smashwords grow.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I ran to my wife to show her the listing on Smashwords. I gues my greatest joy is being finished and showing it to my wife.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am still getting started, but whenever someone thanks me for a chord chart, I thank them back. I am so grateful that someone would take the time to look at something I created. Thank you!!!!!!
What are you working on next?
I've got a lot of work to do on these Merlin books, but first I'm going to make a book called "Fiddle Tunes for Bass Guitar" with sheet music and tabs for Bass guitarists to play those fancy fiddle tunes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Issac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I can't wait to see my wife Jessica and kids each day. That is why I am an early riser.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I hang out with my family or I play Merlin, Bass, Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Drums, and Cello or I have to go to work too... I am a science teacher.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly from browsing kindle(Sorry) or getting bootleg pdf.s (Sorry) Remeber though, you(smashwords) said obbscurity is worse than piracy...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was like Percy Jackson but back in '92. I could have been rich!
What is your writing process?
I started with paper than moving to computer, but it is just too slow. Now I'm trying to move to final draft as quickly as possible.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was not a reader or into school at all as a kid. But then when I was 9 or 10 my dad got me the adaptation of Rambo II. I tore through it and never stopped. I think i am probably in the top 10% of Americains for number of books read. I'd rank hire, but I do a lot of repeat reads.
How do you approach cover design?
I went to Fiverr nd bought a logo from the awesome artist zeeillustrator. I changed a few details, slapped on a background and bam here I am getting interviewed!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Sirens of Titan, Dark Tower, and Asimov's non-fiction.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science nonfiction, science fiction, history, and Stephen King.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Whatever tablet has a charge.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm trying out giving the free coupon to my Google Plus group. We'll see what is next, I've only been published for two hours.
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