Jeremiah Donaldson [ephiroll]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Some of my first reading, outside of school, was Tarzan books and such, and I read my first Stephan King book, Firestarter, when very young. Then put them down for a few years to read other things. I first became fascinated with writing by playing with an old typewriter my mom had, who also read read the first things I tried writing.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Science fiction and horror.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Thinking. Lots and lots of thinking. And research for inspiration. I rewrite a dozen times in my head before I even begin typing. Then I rewrite again.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Anything except romance and memoirs, which I find intolerable.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Anything the writer wants it to be. As long as he/she can pull it off.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Both. It depends on the story as to how I tell it. POV is something I decide on first, and have never changed once the story is began.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Michael Crichton, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Stephan King, Fritz Liebr, Arthur C. Clark, HG Wells, and so on in that fashion. Nearly any fantasy, science fiction, western, true crime, history, and science writer worth a damn except Tolkian, who only suceeded in putting me to sleep.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
I just let them come to life and do what they want. My writing is very fexible. If I suddenly find a character in a situation and his perssonality suggests a different path then what I've thought about, I let that character divert, changing the storyline as I go.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
No. Yes. Only if it's something I know very well or really happened.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Myself, and those who feel like taking the time to read it.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Yes, to both. I have a lot of anger about the direction the world has a whole is going becaue there can be only one outcome to our greedy, selfish ways. We have destroyed the world for our children's children, and perhaps for ourselves.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Of course. Writers fall in love with their words, we need others to tell us what sucks.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Contests here and there. Been short listed, but haven't won anything.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes, at http://www.critiquecircle.com
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
Yeah. It only took about 15 years...
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I do what I can, when I can, and how quickly a chapter or story comes out varies greatly.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Background noise like music or something.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write and edit on the computer. Final edits are always based on a hard copy.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
What has been your experience with publishers?
Lots of rejection slips and one sale.
What are you working on now?
My second novel and various short storys whenever a contest or something sparks my imagination.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Keep them hidden. Some things should stay buried. The only thing retriveable, that I've found, from years old writings is inspiration. Unless someone completly stopped writing, they're almost gauranteed to be better then when that old piece was written. I don't even like knowing I wrote some of the stuff I wrote years ago.
What hobbies have you got?
Writing, reading, video games, and working on the car. In that order.
Which actor would you like to be?
Johnny Depp. And not because all the women like him.
If you were sent to a deserted island, which book, CD and film would you take with you?
Stephan King's 'The Stand', Clutch's 'The Elephant Riders', and Monty Python's 'Meaning of Life'.
A simple pleasure that for you is quite big or important.
How do you respond to telemarketing calls?
Are you an ex-smoker? How did you quit?
Yes. Tappered off, then went cold turkey.
It is 5 pm on a typical Sunday: what are you doing?
Something in which you are completely incompetent.
Of what are you an addict?
lol. The answer to this could be anything, just like I tell people, 'People can be addicted to anything'. But of course, few will be honest or even answer this question, especially if they smoke a little weed or something.
What toy gave you the best moments of your childhood?
My bicycle. It also gave me the worse moments, leaving me with a few scars.
What was your favourite primary/secondary school teacher like?
A weed loving, old hippie art teacher who had a strange fasination with mental illness.
How did you meet your current boy/girlfriend?
What was your first vehicle?
1973 Plymouth Duster
Please list something you have not yet done, but that you would definitely like to do someday.
Climb a mountain.
To which other place in the world would you move without hesitation?
Using the subway without paying, shoplifting: is there excessive tolerance to these small offenses?
Yes, but our overwelmed justice system is already broken.
Do you think tipping is a good custom?
'Custom'? Millions of workers rely on tips to get by. It should be an obligation to those workers.
Do you think the catastrophism about climate change has been exaggerated?
No. If anything, I think the consequences of our near sightedness will be worse than any of us imagine.
Do you boycott brands if you learn they employ children in third-world countries or harm the environment?
No. I like to eat and wear clothing, and no company is completly free of these things.
Do you defend animal experimentation for the development of medicine that can save human lives?
No. We should experiment on prisoners who have been given the death penalty.
What is your opinion of the rise in popularity of plastic surgery and implants?
To each their own, but I'm not vain enough to ever consider it.
Do extraterrestrials exist?
What do you have in your wallet right now?
The bare minimum needed to keep me from getting arrested.
How do you kill time?
Should consensual offenses such as drug use or prostitution be legalized?
Yes. What a person wants to do to themselves is their business as long as no one else is harmed.
Are you pro-choice or pro-life?
Pro-choice. The world is already over populated.
Are you in favor of or against the death penalty?
Murderers and rapists should be lined up and shot. I think such people should also lose their 'rights' as human beings since they took those rights away from others.
Should homosexual couples have the same right to adopt as heterosexual couples?
Sure. They can't f- up worse than heterosexual couples.
Your sins and virtues.
I'm too humble to name my virtues, and 'sins' are relative, but I haven't done anything I think will land me in hell if it exists.
Please list three important words for the world today.
Impeach. Bush. Toolate.