Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
San Mateo, CA, a hotbed of social rest. No real influence.
When did you first start writing?
At about 14 as an amateur, and around 24 professionally.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had the idea for "Sapiosaurus" a year or two before Michael Crichton came out with "Jurassic Park." I must admit to being a bit pissed when he did, since I thought it would cut into my market. But the stories are completely different, so no harm, no foul.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had, and still have, stories to tell.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far that's a question still to be answered.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing how my characters develop. They sort of do it on their own.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'd love to have fans. So far I have one, maybe two.
What are you working on next?
If "Sapiosaurus" is successful, there's a built-in sequel that I'd love to write. There's also a non-fiction book I have in mind.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Air, and the fact that I can still breath it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Answering insipid questions on publishing web sites.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I surf the web rigorously.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I place my fingers on the keyboard, engage my brain, and flail away.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I was probably very young at the time
How do you approach cover design?
The cover needs to support the story and attract a potential reader's eye. Part of the job.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Catch 22, Winter's Tale, Clan of the Cave Bear (& sequels).
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
How tall are you?
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