In preschool, like everyone else. We had those really big pencils that I believe the teachers gave us in order to build up our hand strength, or maybe it was to slap those around us. After I began writing, I went through school using that skill to make bad grades, and write girls quasi-interesting love letters, that may or may not have been true, but usually were. In college, writing began to interfere with my budding love affair with drugs, so I made the choice to stop writing completely. Then, after the feds placed me into a federally funded sabbatical where escape attempts were futile, I picked my pencil back up, and since no one wanted love letters from me, I wrote a few books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to laugh at my own sicknesses. Knowing that the only reason I'm still alive is to tell the world about my past experiences.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would be in an utter state of shock if there was a single person on this planet who cheered for my existence, and isn't that what a fan truly is? I picture an actual fan, the kind that women used to keep cool by wiggling them under their chins in mad fashion. So, fans would make me feel cool.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing. Plot sequence, characters, the twist, the antagonist, the hidden antagonist, the underlying dilemma, the end of the beginning, and the middle of the start, and the character who wasn't suppose to do that, but somehow did.
What are you working on next?
I have to finish the next book in the Madness Series, and I'm also creating a deluxe edition for the banking book. I wrote a counterfeit series called Burning Benjamin that needs a second book written as well. You can see this on burningbenjamin.com
Who are your favorite authors?
Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Palinuak, Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Greg Isles, Anne Rice, Alexander Dumas, Mark Twain, Faulkner, Stephen King, Wilbur Smith, and hundreds more!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The simple fact that if I lay there, the world is going to continue to rotate at it's alarmingly persistent speed, and I don't have very many rotations left.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I still have it, and it's an incomplete novel called Abandonment Issues. Obviously, it is having some issues getting finished.
What is your writing process?
I refuse to answer this, lest someone figure me out and write the book that's half-cooked in my thoughts.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Charlotte's Web, and I still begin every letter and query letter with "Salutations."
Describe your desk
I have my lifestyle balance wheel that I built in rehab on the wall, and it lists all the things I must do before death, but more importantly, the things I shouldn't. There's three computers because I'm a multitasker. 200 cords and I only know what three of them go to, and use just one. Bottle of Scope, no less than a 1000 pages of manuscript material that need my attention, and a sign that reads, "The right thing to do, and the hard thing to do are usually the same." Also, my hero, Edward Snowden is pasted to my mouse pad.
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