Q: How well do you fit the stereotype of the typical author popularized in many popular films and other forms of media?
A: Many of us have seen movies like Stranger than Fiction that depict authors as eccentric loners with a penchant for chain smoking and drinking coffee. The biographies of some of our real life heroes such as Ernest Hemingway support the belief that writers are emotional unkempt alcoholics. I’m relatively certain that I don’t reflect any of the stereotypes. I own a dog, and not a cat. I smoke some, but drink soda like a fiend, instead of coffee. I’m only occasionally emotional, and only drink on non-school-days/non-work days.
Q: You just mentioned admiring Ernest Hemingway. What recent authors to you idolize?
A: I love books of all styles from all genres. In romance, I devour anything by Karen Hawkins and Stephanie Laurens. But I also can’t get enough action/thriller books and as such Brad Thor has become a recent favorite of mine.
Q: You are working on a series based on the ancient Greek Gods. What inspired this line of writing?
A: This started as a simple dream that became a single historical story where a woman accidentally stumbles into a cult ceremony celebrating ritualistic sex (Zeus’s story). As I lay in bed trying to sleep, the story morphed into modern times with multiple characters that eventually became the series.
For me, just about anything may serve as a source of inspiration. A song I heard on the radio may become an entire story, a single word may be the basis of an entire chapter. I once fixated on the word ‘kaleidoscope’ but the actual finished product did not even contain that particular term.
Q: You are essentially implying that the dream that started the series may only faintly resemble the story that became final product. Does that occur frequently?
A: Once I set my fingers to the keyboard or even pen to paper, the story has already become firmly fixed in my mind, and does become more static, but when it is still only a temporary occupant of my imagination, the ideas constantly twist, turn, and develop. For this reason, to firmly fix the concepts, I find outlining an important component of my writing.
Q: Where do you write?
A: In short, I write everywhere. I daydream while at the nine-to-five job or while attempting to fall asleep. I carry my legal pads around everywhere to scribble ideas, or sometimes, entire chapters, but generally I eschew the desk in the office and the finished product emerges from my kitchen table, the bar style height of the table keeping my canine friend from becoming overly intrusive.
Q: What deters your ability to write? Do you suffer writer’s block?
A: Writer’s block is not a problem for me. I have the exact opposite problem. I see something minor and mundane and find a story. I was the spacy kid in school that would not answer the teacher’s summons because I was focused on the fly on the windowsill or a cloud in the sky. I myself serve as my biggest distraction.
Q: What helps you maintain focus?
A: Food mostly. Cookies and Cheetos. (Yes my keyboard is tinged with a faint orange hue)
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