Spoiler alert! I am a high school student, so my idea of a good author is probably "mucho differente" than for most of the other authors out there. Most of the stuff they make us read at my high school is so boring it makes me want to claw my eyeballs out. One of my favorite authors is Wilbur Smith. Check out his historical fiction centered on Ancient Egypt, especially River God. Awesome series. Have always loved the Lord of the Ring series, probably the best series ever. Love Stephen Colbert's books; as funny as his show.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Thinking of ways to make my teacher's lives more miserable, lol. No, contrary to rumors, I am actually a pretty good student, mostly A's and the occasional B. Will be going to the University of Washington in the Fall of 2014. I don't hate school. I just don't feel like students should have to put up with bad teachers. Also, adults at school make things much more difficult on students than they need to be. Example: Yesterday, a kid in my class left his ringer on and it went off during Calculus. Teacher totally freaked...now, that's something that has happened several times to my teachers, and it seemed like no big deal when it happened to them! Nobody took their phone away! There are all kinds of double-standards here at school. It just doesn't need to be this way. Teachers can be decent to be around and still teach us the stuff we need to know. All my blog does is point out the teachers that are being jerks and stand up for the student, plain and simple.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Guitar...I am a rock God. I don't know any other way I can say it. I have a gift. I play lots of basketball and write most days for my blog. I also have way too much homework. I listen to a lot of music, especially 90`s grunge. Been hooked ever since my dad took me to see Pearl Jam at the Gorge. You haven't seen a rock concert until you have seen one at the Gorge Amphitheater. My dad loves Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Screaming Trees, etc. His music tastes have rubbed off on me, big time. Not many modern bands I like. I like the Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Foo Fighters, The Helio Sequence, Josh Ritter (I am currently learning a bunch of his songs), Korn, Midnight Oil, Rise Against, System of a Down, Tom Morello (as the Nightwatchman), many others...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth, friends, and I am real big on reviews. I won't buy anything, including a book, without a review.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it was a story in elementary school where Harry Potter dies horribly and Voldemort wins. Can't remember the details, but I remember my third grade teacher hated it, so it must have been good.
What is your writing process?
I have no process...it's just a venting and ranting mixed with an occasional implosion and random act of violence.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I actually remember is poetry. My dad is a huge fan of Walt Whitman. My middle name is Whitman. My dad made me memorize "Oh Captain, My Captain" when I was, I don't know, five maybe. Since then I make a habit of writing down entire poems from memory or great song lyrics when I am bored in class, which is often.
How do you approach cover design?
Have you seen my cover? It's the actual cover of the lunch detention journal they gave me last year in high school. I had to write a bunch of stuff in it as punishment for tardies other naughty behaviors. I spent most of the time doodling on the front of it and liked it so much, I made it the cover of my book!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wilbur Smith's Ancient Egypt series: River God, The Seventh Scroll, Warlock (don't read the last book in the series, The Quest. One of the few bad books ever written by Wilbur Smith).
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone...always with me. I have a Kindle, which works great, but since it doesn't fit in my pocket, isn't used unless I am at home. I also read on my iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't have a technique. Most of the people that buy my book are the same people that read my blog, namely idiots without a life.
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Seattle, Washington...love my city and the Seahawks. Still pissed about the Sonics. Great music, coffee and the most-interesting collection of people on the planet. The only thing I hate (no it's not the rain) is the seafood...hate seafood and allergic to most of it.
When did you first start writing?
On the wall of my bedroom with a Sharpie.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a collection of my complaints about high school and the idiots that run it. Some of my teachers are very cool, but most blow chunks. What really gets me are the ones that get paid to sit behind their desk, drink coffee and write assignments on the board. And students are basically forced to jump through whatever hoops teachers put up, regardless of how stupid they are. I feel like students need a voice that teachers will listen to. That's why I started my blog. From the emails I get from students around the country, there is a lot of frustration out there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The hot babes
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I like technology-based solutions to problems. Who is going to publish a book like mine? You're right, NOBODY!! With Smashwords, my book is out there and the people can decide for themselves if it is worth a download.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
How it helps me to get in touch with other like-minded people. For me, that is really what writing is all about.
What do your fans mean to you?
They call themselves "The Drones", because adults act like they are the queen bees and we are the stupid drones that have to follow their every wish. We're not your drones. You are not superior just because you have more civil liberties than we do.
What are you working on next?
I already finished my next book and am currently editing it. It is based on the unfortunate events that I experienced during my seventh grade year of school. Some of you know what I am talking about, the rest will have to wait until the book comes out.
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