When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a husband, father and grandfather, I work a full time job, I attend online school as a full time student, and I am the Editor In Chief of a website for my part time gig, so I don't have much free time. But I love hanging out with my family, I try and get a couple days a week in at the gym kickboxing, and I try and watch one new movie each week.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Besides writing stuff in grade school, the first thing I ever actually fleshed out was a story-line for an adventure I created in Dungeons and Dragons. I went in-depth on an entire world as the dungeon master!
What is your writing process?
I've never been a rough draft guy. I prefer to write and edit as I go. The only way I'll power though without stopping to revise is if I have what I perceive to be a great idea that I want to build to. But in those instances, I'll occasionally just write the scene out first then go back and piece it together later.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories that really captured my imagination were comics. Batman, Spiderman, The Flash, The Hulk, basically all of them. I got into comics after an initial fascination with Star Wars, and it was that movie that really opened my eyes to storytelling.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Suspiciously Surreptitious Stories was actually a school assignment. It was a way to teach us the process of creating an e-book, and self publishing.
How do you approach cover design?
For my first e-book I asked my ten year old daughter to design me something. All she has ever wanted to do was draw and be artistic from the time she was able to hold a crayon.
What do you read for pleasure?
When I have the time to read, I prefer comic books. DC, Marvel, the Independents, if it looks interesting I'll pick it up and give it a chance.
Describe your desk
Old and small! Eventually I'll work up to a den or home office, but for now it's just the family computer for me.
When did you first start writing?
Dungeons and Dragons was the first time I really started to write stories, but as I got older I got involved in music and starting writing lyrics. I looked at my songs as way to tell stories. The music game is tough, plus I kind of outgrew it, but I stumbled onto blogging and I've had an online presence writing about sports (more specifically the Chicago Bears) since 2005. That was a way for me to scratch the creative itch that I've always had, and it led me back to college to pursue creative writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just love being creative. This was an outlet I never realized existed until school opened my eyes up to it. I have some scripts in the works, and some poetry too, but self publishing with Smashwords has me thinking about collaborating with an artist on a graphic novel.
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SUSPICIOUSLY SURREPTITIOUS STORIES are three flash fiction pieces by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. that all center around crime. One is a tale of revenge, one is a tale of betrayal, and one is a tale of opportunity.