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A. F. Stewart [scribe77] 

What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I've been reading since I was four or five, but the first real books I took an avid interest in were the Nancy Drew Mysteries. I've always written; poetry, short stories, scribbles, anything to put pen to paper. The first people to read what I wrote were family members, and my English teachers.
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?
There are several sites. My website: http://afallon.bravehost.com/ My SquidWho lens: http://www.squidoo.com/fantasynovelist (Two of my books have Squidoo.com lenses as well) My WritersCafe.org page: http://www.writerscafe.org/writers/scribe77/ You can also find my writing and other articles over at Gather.com. Plus I have a fanpage on Facebook, and a MySpace page.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
I think first-rate characters and a believable plot are the backbone of any story.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
For me the story chooses the voice. Some tales need to be told in first person, some in third person.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Neil Gaiman, Guy Gavriel Kay and Ray Bradbury. To me, they are brilliant.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
No. I'm terrible, and I tend to suffer from stage fright.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes. I think a writer can always improve, and readers can often see things that never occur to the writer.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
Very little. I try, but I'm a horrible procrastinator.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I edit on a computer, but I generally write my drafts on paper. I use voice recognition software to transcribe everything. This is after I do my research and outlines, of course.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
I'm most frequently on Gather.com and Squidoo.com, but I pop in and out of Facebook, MySpace, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, and WritersCafe. And my own blog, A. F. Stewart's Blog.
What are you working on now?
I just finished a vampire horror novella, Chronicles of the Undead, that's going to be available in a few weeks. My next projects are my non-fiction book, The Incomplete Guide to Action Movies, and the first book in my proposed Song Mage series, Song of the Wind and Sea. There is a sneak peak at the world of the Song Mages in three of the short stories found inside my anthology, Inside Realms.
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?
Pull them out, go over them, get some honest critique from someone you trust. You never know, with some ruthless editing they just might be the next bestseller (or medium-sized seller).

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Nova Scotia, Canada

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