Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a child, I didn't have a lot of friends, so I spent a great deal of time reading. When I was too young to go to the adult area of the local community library, I tried hard to find interesting things to read in the children's wing. Two things that intrigued me were books of home science experiments, and books of mythology. I started reading the earliest stories of humankind a bit early, and I think those stories, along with a later study of Joseph Campbell, explains why there's a lot of myth and allegory in my writing.
In high school, I tried writing fiction, and also wrote out play versions of science fiction stories. The latter were never performed, but it did hard wire me for later playwrighting--seeing how those stories were structured, and how that might be performed.
Right after high school, when I didn't understand financial aid, and was stuck not going off to college for filmmaking, I decided I wanted to be a writer. I did this by writing a horrible novel. It was basically what really happened to me during the final weeks of high school, before and right after graduation. Write what you know? I didn't know much then, confined to that small town. Eventually, college got me out of that area and into the wider world.
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What motivated you to become an indie author?
I bought those Writer's Market books, and looked through them to see what publisher or magazine might publish my work. Ah, those rejection slips! It was clear that, if I wanted to be published, it had to be a full-time job. But being a college professor is my full-time job.
I heard a story on NPR that mentioned smashwords, and checked it out. Major publishers are nice, but apparently not for me, at least not yet. So why not dip a toe in the water of the modern world, and try an ebook?