Frequently Asked Questions
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
- Brice came about when I wondered what the world might be like with supernaturals integrated as part of the society, not as creatures of the night or secrets. I thought about all the discontent in society with the differences in cultures and I wanted a world where the “melting pot” allowed for surprises. Then I loved the idea of humanity being necessary for the life of our planet. And last, I wanted a Happily Ever After of equals, though at first glance, A Polar Bear and a Volcanic Rabbit…
What are you currently working on?
- Hank’s story from the Fate-Match universe…he’s finding commitment hard to avoid.
- A Science-Fiction romance with a strong woman who already has a full life just surviving and keeping her people alive. And a Golden Alien who doesn’t have a lot of patience.
- And certainly not least, I love the Kindle Worlds and am hoping that a third story I am penning will be accepted in a specific world. We will wait and see.
What is next in the Fate-Match world?
How do you deal with writer’s block?
- I read a lot, fiction of all kinds, though I love urban fantasy/romance best.
But the biggest thing I read, Craft books. If I am at an impasse for a fight scene, I read writing fight scene books. If I’m trying to develop a religion for an unknown world, I read world building books. I read other writers’ advice blogs.
- I write, sometimes I write the beginning of a whole new story. sometimes I pull out the notebook from College where I jotted down a short story and start adding to it…
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
- Poul Anderson’s – “Operation Chaos”
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
- I had a hard time reading as a youngster. I’m old enough that back in the day they called it Dyslexia. But it was a milder form of learning disability and caught early enough that my mother was able to teach me coping skills.
- Once I discovered books and was able to comprehend them, I felt vaulted into a whole new stratosphere of amazing wonders.
- Now my stratosphere – banging at the back of my head for all these years I have had to work as an employee to someone else – is being given free rein. I love stories and I love being able to tell them.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
- As a new writer myself, I have read advice from other writer’s blogs.
- I have made mistakes and am fixing them as much as I can, I am hoping to start a blog for these, in the hopes that someone out there can learn from my mistakes. If you are self-publishing, have more than one book almost ready…have a short time between releases as I have. The wait is a hindrance for new writers, we need to keep readers interested. And one release a year is not going to do it.
- Make a writing environment where you can be comfortable for hours, with intermittent walks around the house.
Save your pennies and get professional edits and covers.
How do you get inspired to write?
- Everything inspires. I have no desire to tell anyone else’s story, I possess the desire to tell the stories that run around in my head.
- Some of the stories I am working on now I developed while at in the real world, jotting them down in a small notebook I kept on me…now some digital notes on my phone.
- Conversations with family and friends.
- Things I read on the internet.
- Causal observances.