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What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Like everyone else, I would have to say that I started reading the Hardy Boys. I started writing with my older brother - we used to write plays and such. My friends and I would them perform them for others.
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?
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I am a stream of conscious person. The idea of the piece will work itís way through my head day and night, begging to be set down to paper. So, when I usually sit down to write, I have a vague idea concerning who, what, when and where (where is always my fictional town of Potterís Field, IL). As the piece builds, the characters start dictating to me the direction of the piece. This usually changes the entire piece during this process.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I read all type of fiction - all genres. My favorite is historical fiction, but I do not write in this genre.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Character and plot are the basic ingredients. Though, in my writing, I also try and make the location place a certain factor within the piece.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Third person present tense is my favorite way to write. I like the reader to think that the piece is happening right then, right now. Itís more of a challenge, but fun.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Kurt Vonnegut, Peter Straub, and Haruki Murakami
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Honesty and faults. My characters come to me themselves and beg to be written about. The voices start in my head and they talk to me for days, telling me about what they have to say. I know, I am a psycho.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for myself. Many of my pieces are dark, showing the underside of life, and most people shy away from that. So when I sit down, I am writing for myself.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
No - writing is fun and an adventure.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Very much so. I listen to whatever someone has to tell me and, if I agree, will make changes on that feed-back.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No I do not participate in competitions - trying to get published is competition enough.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Very much so.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I have my voice now - took years but it has developed nicely. As I said, I like showing the darker side of life in a straight forward mature voice using the language used in such settings.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I am very undisciplined - sorry.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Loud rock-n-roll music, my hermit crabs, strange art pieces (paintings and sculptures), and my little Bong pets (right now I have Sheep Wrecked and Bud Hound).
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I always write on a computer and print when I am done for the day. I usually proof it once during that period and make general corrections. The next day, before I start writing again, I go through the day before's work and make extensive changes which usually flow right into that day's work.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
All kinds of sites - I do not have one in particular. If I need an answer to something, I usually Google it and look through many different sites before deciding on which answer is best for the piece.
What has been your experience with publishers?
None yet - I have not been published in the traditional sense. I have had my work posted of free sites and such.
What are you working on now?
A teen sci-fi novel and my website: WritingRaw.com
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?
Post them on my site: WritingRaw.com
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Rock Hill, USA