Dennis lives in Chandler Arizona with his wife Karen, two daughters and the family dog.
For the last two decades, Dennis has built a career in technology and computer software. This has culminated in his blog (https://www.toolbox.com/users/content/DennisStevenson) which explores a number of issues and topics around technology and how people interact with it.
On a very personal note, Dennis' vocation has been discovered in Christian programming for men. The Bible/Man Circle project is the culmination of almost 10 years of investment, exploration and discovery along those lines.
As a hobby, Dennis participates in Adult Education by teaching on topics of faith and Christianity.
Dennis can be contacted at dennis (at) dennis-stevenson (dot) com
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I realized that I had a lot of things I wanted to say. I didn't want have to play the games with publishers to get them to produce my thoughts. It just seemed like a lot of work and I didn't think I wanted to give it that much time and effort. I also had a suspicion that the publishers wanted authors who would bring readers with them - which in the beginning I couldn't do.
Indie publishing seemed to be the logical, common sense path forward. It felt kind of rebellious to be an "indie" author. Sort of like I was breaking the rules and getting away with it. I liked that.
Now that the honeymoon is over, I'm getting comfortable with the work that has to go along with being an indie author. It's not all glamorous writing time. There's a lot of work to come up with ideas and covers and editing. I think that I'm just now (years later) settling down to really understand what it means.
When did you first start writing?
I think I really hit a breakthrough about 10 years ago. I started a blog. I've been writing on it for over 10 years now, more than 1,000 articles posted. Writing in that kind of volume, whether I felt like it or not forced me to come to grips with what I think about writing.
I've found that I like to write things as a way of clearing my head on a given topic. When I finally understand something important, if I can write about it, it brings a nice focus to my thoughts. So in many ways, writing has been a chronicle of my own journey of understanding.
When I gave others my written works, as a way of explaining my thoughts on something, they always came back and said how well it communicated to them. So that was an encouragement to take what I was doing for myself and start to do it for others.
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on Sep. 26, 2010
This was a fun, light read. I appreciated it because of my gaming background. It had that same feeling of being in the dungeon, or being a character in a world.
As literature, it didn't really grab me. I find books where everything just "works out" to be a bit suspect. But having said that, if there were sequels, I'd happily read them.