What inspired you to write?
My Grandmother! Never make a claim around the lady if you can't back it up.
Claiming that her beloved Black & White movies were too boring, I said I could do better (actually, I just wanted to watch Mighty Mouse - but that's another story). Anyway, she marched me to the drugstore, bought some pads and a box of pencils, sat me down in the living room, and said, "Prove it!"
So I started writing. Now bear in mind, I was a little cuss, so the writing was pretty big. Anyway, I remember plowing into a story. She read it, looked at me, and told me to get my jacket, we were about to take another trip.
This time it was the library. She read to me The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. I've been in love with heroes ever since!
Was your inspiration sudden, or did it take time?
I have tried many times to walk away from story-telling, but I always come back. Now, some 20 books later, if I don't write, I will get cranky.
Did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
I do the research necessary to establish the stage. Then I construct characters and once that is done, I get out of the way and take my seat at Front Row - Center. Then I sit back and watch the story unfold.
Do you work alone, or get encouragement from family and friends?
I work with a family of choice. Readers, artists, and an editor-in-chief that keeps us all in line and on time. It is called the Confederacy of the Quill and we are open to signing up members!
What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
The beginning... especially in the midst of this series. I was told that Star Chaser was the best I had ever written, and that was great to hear, but it was the Prelude for goodness sake! I had the WHOLE SERIES still ahead of me. I just want to maintain the level of story as the Prelude set up. So far, so good!
It's just when I am beginning another book... I have to take a few rewrites and tell myself to get out of the way - stop trying to control things and tell the story.
What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
Seeing things through the eyes of others. It reminds me of how we all are so connected... if we choose to be. The book also allows me to speak to people, challenge them with a different view of things, and even teach them a bit about humanity (at least as far as I can see it). .. something that might have been overlooked in the rat-race we call living.
After the book was published, were you changed?
I still remember opening the box to see the copies of my first book. I'm reminded of that feeling whenever I get a proof of the latest one. It never gets old and I find myself looking forward to the next delivery.
Have you received any awards for your book(s)?
Just a 'My Favorite Book' Award from my daughter.
Are you working on a new book at the moment?
Yes, I am. Starborne: The Freedom Road - Book Three of the Beyond the Outer Rim Series. And just before that will be the release of the third and last Bridge Novel of the series: Birth of the Strides.
Do you have any book giveaways, contests or events coming up?
With the release of each book, we run a special on the ones preceding it.
Expect a book in this series every October 13th until the series is done. Also, every February 14th, look for the release of our anthology of short stories entitled The SylverMoon Chronicles. this coming 02/14 we will be releasing Volume VI.
What gets in the way of your creativity?
Not much. My version of writer's block comes in the form of a new story popping up in my head. It's not as if I hit a wall with the one I am working on... it's just that for some reason, a new idea comes along while I am writing.
What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
Some people hated the original Star Wars trilogy! Not every person is a fan of Indiana Jones. Some people think E.T. was just plain silly. Nothing is everything for everyone. Consider the source of the criticism and then decide if it is justified. If it is, you might have some work to do. If it isn't - just keep going. Why try to fix something when it isn't clearly established as being broken?
What is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
My favorite - Grandma
My worst - saying goodbye to my brother.
Do you have a favorite quote?
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did." T. E. Lawrence
What is your favorite show on TV?
Just recently canceled too... Marco Polo. Before that, it was The Newsroom
TOO MANY to pick just one... but at the all-time top - Braveheart, A Walk in the Clouds, Lagaan
Again WAY TOO MANY... The Three Musketeers (for obvious reasons), The Sound and the Fury, Lord of the Rings
Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
Martin Luther King, Jr
Is there a talent you wish you had?
What’s something about you that would surprise us?
I wrote a 400+ novel (with rewrites) in 5 weeks.
I wrote a 7-novella book in four months.
I am in the midst of a 7-Book Project for this year. I am currently writing books 5, 6, and 7 at this time.
Describe yourself in 3 words!
Always getting better!
What inspired you to write?