My mom and teachers in youth. In later years, beautiful language and life-changing stories whether from movies, songs, articles, or books.
I grew up loving anti-heroes. To me, flawed characters who makes mistakes is so much more real than a shiny version of the same character. Because, let’s face it, we all make mistakes. We all struggle with our own demons.
My fiction heroes are my biggest inspiration. Ever since I was able to read, I have read everyday. I would visit the library every Saturday morning to get armloads of books, Judy Blume and Laura Ingalls Wilder were my favorites.
I didn't start out trying or wanting to write satire. I don't think I knew what it was. I just wanted to create things that were funny. Over the years at The Onion, because of the culture of continual improvement there, the other writers and I discovered satire, realizing it was the most satisfying and
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
Topics, events and situations which shaped, influenced and molded my perceptions is what makes me write and what moves me as an author.
While touring years ago as a business owner and speaker, I was oft approached by US war veterans who had struggled to readjust after returning from combat. I was not a trained therapist, but a good listener. Perhaps that’s why they reached out to me with their battlefield stories, and why they shared with me
I started writing down the stories I imagined while trying to fall asleep each night. You see, I developed insomnia due to my stressful work as a Realtor. When interest rates hit 20%, I worried about my clients too much. To fall asleep I made my mind think about the characters in a story. Soon
If I had to blame someone for my early obsession with writing, it would likely be my older sister. When we were young, her and I would read books fervently during the summer, completing one or two books everyday. Eventually, she started writing and I was fascinated! I soon followed suit, discovering that I enjoyed