My favorite thing to read is movie reviews. I've got tons of books just full of them. I love to compare my opinions of films to those given by people actually paid to give them. I also love celebrity bios. Anything in depth on someone who has done something well for a long time. Its fascinating to read what an actor or director is willing to share about a film they made thirty or more years ago. Or maybe what a great athlete remembers from a game or series where they won a championship. Great stuff.
Describe your desk
My desk can be wherever I have a pen and a piece of paper within reach. It seldom has a hard surface, and often lacks a chair. A couch or a bed can make a good desk if need be.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Eastern Nebraska, where I currently reside. How has it affected my writing? Sheesh, I don't know. I'd like to think not much at all since a writer's influences can come from so many different places and sources. Who knows? Perhaps the sameness of this place has grounded me more than I wish to admit.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing creatively since as far back as I can remember. I knew from an early age that I could tell a story worth reading or listening to.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The whole ebook format is a revelation. Maybe I'll never make a dime at this, but at least it gives me a chance to reach an entire world of readers. Taking the publishing and distribution costs out of the equation helps level the playing field. It comes down to who can tell a story, rather than who knows somebody in a publishing house somewhere.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The entire process is a joy. Playing God. Creating people. Creating their reality. Growing with them. Killing them if necessary. And having someone read what you've come up with and telling you they liked it. Well, that might just be the greatest joy of all!
What do your fans mean to you?
"Fans" is a tough term for me to use when referring to someone who has read and connected with something I've written. I like the term "friends" a lot more. They mean everything to me.
What are you working on next?
Try as I might, I just could not get this next idea to go away. My next project will be a study of paralyzing social awkwardness. Not to give anything away, but it deals with an embarrassing problem few men would ever acknowledge they suffer from. Perhaps even more embarrassing than erectile dysfunction.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens was good. Really good, actually. So was Peter Benchley.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Maybe the oldest story I can remember was from my elementary school days. Something about a group of commandos going into a deep forest and confronting a deadly source of evil. This story was not at all unlike what would eventually become the movie "Predator". I kind of felt cheated the first time I saw that.
What is your writing process?
I'm pretty methodical, actually. I don't start anything until I've mapped it out from start to finish. 90% of my creative process deals with listing a series of events that will get me from A to Z, or beginning to my pre-determined end. I don't have the time to waste writing something that I'm not sure will lead anywhere. Almost every insight or revelation I learn about one of my characters happens long before my first keystroke. My readers are the ones who get to experience the real suspense and surprises.
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