I think I was in 1st grade. I typed up a little book using an old typewriter my mom used for university and than I did dinosaur illustrations to spice it up. It was pretty cool.
What's the story behind your latest book?
If Jesus Had A Dog is a humorous interpretation of the life of Jesus, only the story is told through the eyes of his dog Gus. Gus is a bit of a sinner, but he manages to keep Jesus out of trouble on a few occassions during Jesus' youth. Gus was a gift to Jesus from the Three Wise Men and sort of followed Jesus around and became his muse in a way.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always enjoyed writing and I want to share my bizarre view of the world and the stories I hear or imagine as I travel around the world or showering.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We will see what the future holds, I appreciate the great forum for indie writers roaming the literary world like vagabonds.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing, I think it would have to be the creative process part. I love it when I hit a place in my stories when everything comes together and fits.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are great and I dedicate all my work to the one's that take the time to enjoy my books. I strive for that moment when my reader looks up from the book and realize they were somewhere else while they were reading, even if it is just for one moment. That's why I do this.
What are you working on next?
Currently I have another book in the finishing stages and hope for it to be ready for publishing before year's end. It's fiction, a love story, drama and travel adventure all wrapped into one story. The main character loses his first love and stumbles on love twice after a whirlwind of adventures.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jack London, Kerouac, Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, Thoreau, Ken Kesey, Hunter Thompson, there are so many, but those are a few favorites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration is in my experiences in life. The people I meet, new cultures, the places I have been and the places I have yet to go. Writing allows me to get there again and I get to share it with the rest of the world after it comes pouring out of my brain and onto paper.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Traveling, teaching, learning and taking walks. I have become a walk taker as of late. A nice walk on a beautiful day really clears my head, kind of like meditation.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of my favorite authors have ebooks available now, so I try to squirrel away as many as I can, my reading que is pretty long these days.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first book was white fang I think. I started reading really young, so I am not sure. I love books that can take me somewhere new, give me a different perspective, make me laugh and teach me something.
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