Treesong is an author, community organizer, talk radio host, and Real Life Superhero living in Southern Illinois. He grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Carbondale, Illinois to study philosophy at Southern Illinois University. Through his academic studies and activism, he became involved in the environmental movement, eventually changing his name to Treesong to reflect his newfound Earth-centered spirituality.
What is your writing process?
One of the most important aspects of my writing process is daydreaming throughout my day. It's fun, it's a good mental exercise, and it occasionally results in stories that I can use professionally. Some of these daydreams involve completely new ideas for stories or just random thoughts that I find interesting. Other times, I pick a specific project that I'm currently working on and run the scenes through my mind. This helps me to review scenes I've already written and prepare for scenes that are coming up.
Honestly, I often don't even know what all of the details of the next story or chapter will be until I run through it in my mind and see what comes next! To use a sci-fi analogy, it's like running simulations on the Holodeck and seeing what happens.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do remember the first story I ever wrote. It was Danny Dunn fanfic. The Danny Dunn series was a delightful science fiction series for children or young adults. It involved a boy named Danny, a professor who lived next door, and all of the exciting adventures that resulted from the professor's strange inventions. These adventures included time travel, anti-gravity paint, piloting a fly-sized robot (which is no longer science fiction!), and surely others that I can't remember anymore. I liked these stories so much that I decided to write one of my own. I don't think I ever completed it, but I still consider it my first story.
Strange Beginnings is a collection of short stories by Treesong. These tales take place in the same contemporary science fiction and fantasy setting as the author’s first novel, Change. Each story relates in its own way to the theme of strange beginnings—and often strange endings.