Most of my writing is accomplished in my deer hunting blind. It's there that I feel close to nature. My writing depicts true stories of my life as a conservation officer, an occupation that involves the preservation and wise use of nature.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the 1950's and 1960's. My parents were farmers in northeast Michigan and made most of their living from the land. Much of my life has been spent close to the land and nature.
When did you first start writing?
My first story was written in the year 1998; a story for the International Game Warden magazine, titles "Wrecker Stuck" describing my many experiences in becoming stuck with my patrol car out in the wilds of Northern Michigan.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a compilation of stories about my experiences as a Michigan Conservation Officer. Most of my time in the service to the people of the State of Michigan took place in Menominee county of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was suggested to me by a friend with whom I had worked a number of years ago.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords will provide an avenue through which to publish my works.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is in the telling of the story; in the premise that I might impart some bit of knowledge or life lesson that can be taken by a reader and used to their benefit.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the whole reason for writing. Without fans there can be no writing.
What are you working on next?
No immediate plans. Let's see where this first work takes us.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a fan of Stephen King. My favorite nonfiction writer is William E. Peterson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day I rise eager to learn some new thing; some thing that I can pass on to others and improve their lives.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My spare time is often spent distance running, gardening, repairing equipment for neighbors, shooting sports, and self education.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My Ebooks were brought to my attention by William E. Peterson.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first published story was 'Wrecker Stuck'.
What is your writing process?
My rough draft goes down on a netbook; just a small word cruncher that I can take with me out to the deer blind. The story is then rewritten and refined several times. The final copy is put on a flash drive for storage.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first serious reading was titled 'The biggest Bear on Earth' by McCracken in1960. It started me on a road to appreciation of writing about nature.
How do you approach cover design?
A cover should depict the nature of the book; the type of material contained therein. The cover should catch the eye and pique the interest.
What do you read for pleasure?
Most of my pleasure reading involves stories of the Civil War or the Vietnam war, along with outdoor hunting stories.
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