Describe your Muse.
My wife, though she’s not so much my muse as my pimp!
How do you begin a new project?
I have always had several ideas for stories running through my head…I had to learn to write bits and notes down as soon as I can because I am very forgetful. Somewhere along the line I will spring clean my brain, see one of those story ideas just lying around, pick it up and start writing!
Do you write long-hand with pen/pencil and paper or do you write on a computer?
Do you write every day?
I try to write at least a little bit every day, but I also try never to force myself to write. Sometimes you can put too much pressure on yourself to write and the quality can suffer…when that happens, I back off for a few days and come back later.
Have you ever tried writing outside of your “comfort zone”? What were the results?
I have, as a matter of fact. It was suggested by a few fellow authors that it might be prudent to omit those scenes. I guess we’ll see if they were right!
Have you ever seen yourself as a character in one of your stories or poems?
So far, I have written my wife and myself into everything I have written, which I rarely plan to do. The book I’m working on right now, “Worms Chew With Their Mouths Open”, is the only story that I intentionally inserted us into, but that had to happen because the book is about my death.
Which three authors (alive or dead) would you most like invite to a dinner party and what would you like to talk about?
First would be Mary Lynne Gibbs, whose three novels, “Jericho Rising”, “Jericho’s Redemption” and “A Maiden’s Courage”, are here on your shelves. Next would be Michele Zurlo, author of “Re/Leased: Doms of the FBI”, And Sylvia Hubbard, who boasts forty-five titles, “Diamond In The Rough” and “Eve’s Deception” among them. Dinner conversation between my wife and these three women would be…what’s the word? Ah, yes…“recorded”!
How do you react to a negative review of one of your manuscripts?
Art of any kind is subjective, and there will always be someone who doesn’t quite “get” you. Somewhere out there, Wolfgang Puck is preparing a menu for one of his restaurants, and someone is going to order one of his meals and hate it…it happens!
Do you ever write naked?
I try never to be naked…I’m considerate that way.
What was your favorite scene or hardest scene to write, and why was it so enjoyable or so hard to write?
One scene from my first novel, “Catalyst” is the answer to both questions. This scene, which involves a young boy named Eugene and the main character Mark Layton, actually hurt me to write because I could just as easily have named Eugene “Wayne Bibbs”. This was basically a retelling of a big part of my childhood, and as I wrote it I could feel the anger rising up in me all over again. While it was difficult, it was also my most satisfying scene because it captured my feelings and brought them to the surface, and if the scene could make me react so strongly just from writing it, then my readers would also feel what my characters were experiencing!
Do you ever use your writing as therapy, to either work out an issue, punish a perpetrator from your real life, or fantasize about what you could have done differently? If so, give us one example of how this manifested in your manuscript.
This is probably the most interesting question anyone has ever asked me about my writing! Writing is indeed therapeutic for me, whether the material becomes a full-fledged manuscript or not! “Catalyst” was born of my experiences with obesity beginning in early childhood, with an adult’s expression of a child’s musings on how great life would be if the fat could magically disappear. In that book, not only do I punish people for their cruelty, but I reward others for their humanity, and try to speak to other people who suffer from the effect that their weight has on other people…“Whatever your look, whatever your size, before you do anything else, you must learn to love yourself!” Boy, it’s a good thing that I can’t dish out revenge through my writing, because a whole lot of people would be scared to death once I sit down to write! “Worms…”, as I mentioned before, is about my death. I have a pretty insane fear of death because it is inevitable…“Worms” is a somewhat humorous take on observing own my viewing, and the flashbacks of my lives after everyone leaves the funeral home and I spend my last night above ground.
What is your best advice for beginning writers?
Readers love…need…to be moved by a writer’s words. They may not know it yet, but they’re waiting for you! Write your books, find your readers, and connect with them! And don’t let criticism stop you from writing…you can do this!
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