I've been heavily involved in the arts, in one form or another, since I was a child. I worked in theater and music for many years until epilepsy and poor market made both next to impossible. That's when I devoted all of my creative time to writing
My first two novels, Common Knowledge and its sequel Macy's Day can be found here on Smashwords. They are the first of four books which I affectionately call the Alexandria series. I have also published a short story on this site entitled Dirty Soapie which is free. Currently, I am editing another novel which is unrelated to the Alexandria series and fighting with a play that I'm still trying to hammer into existance. I also just finished editing a rather erotic work of nonfiction for a friend about the BDSM community along side Julie Fisher, a novelist and screenwriter.
I have never tried to write "the great American novel." I've only intended to entertain people. I refer to my books as "on" books. They're ideal for reading on the beach, on a plane, on the toilet... Be prepared though, the characters are often quite foul mouthed and have many bad habits, even if they are inherently good people.
Since writing Common Knowledge and Macy's Day I joined, and now lead, the MUrfreesboro Writers Group. It has improved my craft exponentially and in ways I can't even begin to express.
Hmm... Ideally, that's not true. But...whatever. The next thing on here is going to be much better and it's because of some truely great people that I meet and work with on a regular basis.
That's it for now, I hope you enjoy what you read.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (because the language and descriptions are so colorful), The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (just because it's so damn funny), Cruel Shoes (because it's so absurd), The Harry Potter books (because I learned so much about punctuation, grammar and sentence structure from them) and Breakfast of Champions (if for no other reason than the fact that Vonnegutt drew an asshole in it).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Birmingham, AL./Montevallo, AL. Living there taught me that there are good, intelligent, cultured people everywhere and that you can't, pardon the phrase, judge a book by it's cover.
A student anthropologist travels from the security of her quiet life in Indiana to the weird and debauched town of Alexandria, Alabama heavily colored by alcohol, sex, insanity and elements of the comically supernatural.
Did Hamster Can Be Lonely? - An Introduction to Science
on Nov. 01, 2014
As a Smashwords author myself I occasionally cruise the site in a fit of boredom or an attempt to avoid working on my latest piece. As a slightly absurdest and thoroughly crass writer I had to stop when I saw an author who dubbed himself Fisthand McManlythrob. I decided to look over his free story first, just in case it was crap.
I wasn't disappointed. I literally laughed until I hurt. Granted that may have been partially due to a broken rib--the result of having a runaway power jack slam me into a freezer door, but I laughed hysterically none-the-less.
This piece is almost on par with Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes and Mr. McManlythrob is the first and only author that I've favorited. Yes, the piece is juvenile. Yes, it's slightly vulgar. It's also hilarious and pretty well written. I highly recommend it and I intend to purchase some of his other works.
Self-publish on Smashwords with Kingsoft Writer
on Nov. 02, 2014
Extremely helpful if you're trapped in Kingsoft Land like I am. In Not to mention, it's free of charge. The down side is that he doesn't always explain himself very well and leaves out a few steps here and there. Still, it's better than beating your head against OpenOffice.