The first story I ever wrote? Not quite sure, to be honest. When I was young my parents gave me my first notebook and encouraged me to write. So I wrote down everything I saw or thought. The first full fledged story I put together was based on the friendship I had when I was 9 years old. All my friends had been with me since first grade, and I began to notice how much we were all changing. I instinctively knew that to make a good story you had to have friction. It was only a few dozen pages, and I changed all of our names, but it was pretty good.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a finely tuned process that has been built from years of writing. First, if I have writer's block and become trapped in the daze of the white page, I'll just start writing single words. Either on paper, or on my iMac, I will write single words that relate to my general thoughts on what the story will be about. After awhile, the brain kicks into gear and sentences begin to form. Once I have a paragraph, I then make a bullet point outline of the general themes and events that will be in the story. From there, I may jump write in and write the first chapter, and/or, write short paragraphs under each theme and event in the outline. After that, the story just writes itself. I go into cruise control for a few chapters, and then hit the twist. The twist is an interesting thing. It is such a blunt object to a story. It can either make or break your story, and it can alter the mood of your story. The twist, of course, surprises the reader, but it also alters the direction of the story. So, it requires some thought. Some twists demand more thought than others, and I usually will try several different twists before settling on one. It's just that important. That's my writing process, a little messy, but it gets the job done.
The Kreutzer, the first installment in a new trilogy, is a suspenseful tale of love, betrayal, and intrigue, as Mike struggles to find the love of his life. Along the way, he is confronted by his own stubborn demons, and the absurd self-interest of others in this gripping roller coaster ride. He wonders. Will he ever win over the love of his life?