Wes Gray Interview

I mostly write fantasy and science fiction but love many other genres. A true tech geek, I have worked in game development creating environmental art and 3D animation, music, and film. I was labeled a "grunge" guitarist on MTV in the UK in the 90s. I live in beautiful NW Washington state.

What inspired you to write?
I've always loved writing throughout my life and I find it almost like reading. A story often takes on a life of its own and sometimes the characters surprise me with where they want to go :)

Did the inspiration to write come to you suddenly, or had you been thinking about it some time?
Both ways seem to work for me. I just found a story I had started years ago and was stuck, but now it's flowing again. Other times I get a sudden rush of ideas and have to race to get them written down before they fade from my mind.

How did you tell your story? In other words, did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
I do both, I really have to force myself to use an outline... it feels more like work. Lately though, I have been learning that it can often make for a much better story.

Did you receive any encouragement from family and friends, or did you work on your book alone?
My wife has always encouraged me to write, even when I didn't write much. My kids are very artistic too and support my writing.

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
Being disciplined to sit down daily and write, whether I feel like it or not. dialog is sometimes a struggle for me as well.

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
The idea/brainstorming at the start. Also, when the words seem to flow effortlessly.

Did you experience any personal transformation after the book was published?
Sometimes what I think I'm writing about, later reveals something I didn't consciously intend. It could be a universal truth or a character with similar traits to someone I've known, etc. That tends to affect me at a personal level.

What’s something that gets in the way of your creativity?
Other creative outlets like music, art, etc. Over-researching a subject that I'm writing about, then realizing hours have gone by reading fascinating articles on dark matter or ancient Scotland. It's worse when only a sentence was needed on the subject for the book.

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
I welcome it when it is constructive and try to ignore it when it isn't. Usually, it's easy to tell the difference.

Where did you grow up and what is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
I grew up in Southern California. My favorite early memories are of wandering for miles through the countryside seeing all sorts of reptiles, birds and beautiful plant life.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"...the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." - Albert Einstien

What is your favorite show on TV?
I'm an admitted Netflix and Amazon junkie. So many... right now I'm liking Colony. Fringe, X-files, Stranger Things... all favs. That's just my sci-fi list :)

Favorite movie?
LOTR - all of them. My daughter and I have been watching the extended versions late into the wee hours this week.

Favorite book?
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
Eric Clapton

Is there a talent you wish you had?
Public Speaking

What’s something about you that would surprise us?
I was on MTV and other TV channels in the UK in the 1990s as a guitarist in the first virtual band.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Creative, pioneering, kind