Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I’m normally meticulous, but when it comes to writing, the stories tell themselves. Whether I like it, or not!
How did you get into writing?
High School. Grade 11; but I always wrote little tales as a child. And it’s when I became a teen and found myself a little on the outside of any “click” or any interest at all; I delved into fiction head first like a meteorite cascading from the cosmos and plummeting back other worlds into the planets reading atmosphere. Bonzi!!!!!
What are your top 3 books of all time?
The Journey Home, by Michael J. McCarthy, Off Season by Jack Ketchum, Bones by Stephen King. Lawdy… there’s just a couple more than that. But… you said three, didn’t you…
Where did you get the inspiration for your current book?
Well, I’ve written and was able to publish a bunch of short stories here and there in at-the-time popular fiction magazines and ezins; some of them became republished more than three or four times; they seemed that popular. So I kept a bunch (over twenty-six) I’d written, and; were either firstly rejected by magazines, or I just couldn’t find the right fit for the endings for, and re-wrote them… but managing to keep the heart of them; their themes. I figured, if I was to give readers the very best of me, THIS collection, would be it. And it will either be liked or hated, or ignored. But… every review it’s gotten so far, anywhere, even with Kirkus, has been no less than four to five stars. Knock on wood… I still got it!
How long did it take you to write this book?
About a year. And that what mainly finding and gathering stories I’d forgotten about on my PC, which many of them were only half written; had no ending, titles, even. Gathering a slew of those was daunting enough; never mind the fresh ones I’d gotten published just a month before starting this collection!
Have you got any writing rituals?
If I had it my way; writing full time, I would start at eight in the morning and end at noon, have lunch, take a nap, and start editing whatever I was working on at night until one or two in the morning… I love the whole process. But, I don’t write full time; mainly on the fly, most of the time… so really anytime, anywhere, is the right time, and place, when a story corners you and you have to get it done!
How important is marketing and social media for you?
Very Important; as for any kind of platform, isn’t it’? Books, TV, Music… I know, even though I’m not traditionally published; if i don’t at least try to sell my work, getting out there in the world…. nobody would know my work really exists. And they SHOULD! I love this (bleep!), man… and if you do too, about your craft, you should give it the respect it deserves… Let people see it!
Do you read your book reviews?
Oh yeah… I think most writers do. If not every writer…It kinda lets you know where your strengths are, opposed to your weaknesses with your craft, and style of writing and storytelling. I even kept mental notes, and enjoyed the reviews from magazines about rejecting my short stories, or even a novel, for whatever reason… it didn’t matter why they had, it only mattered what I could learn from their advice, and where I could put my literary strengths into instead of just guessing all this time where should have been giving more attention on. Short stories? Or novels? Well… the Readers have voted. They always win, don’t they? But… together, we always do. Definitely a learning process.
What advice would you have for other writers?
What advice could I possibly give that would secure their future goals, one by one? Every writer is different, and each one has their own way of working on their craft… it really depends what you would like to do WITH your craft. I know a writer who’d published over thirty short stories over one hundred times, but WON’T try any big commercial success. Nope. No novels or advertising for him; just sending stories out to every fiction magazine on the planet. It depends on what you’re comfortable with, I guess… I’ve found, as long as what you’re doing keeps YOU very happy… everything else is just an option. You’re literally-chamber is loaded, and ready… rest is up to you.
What are you reading now?
My own stories, so far, as I’m always onto something else after I publish…but, if not too busy, I like to enjoy five or six books a year. Of any length. Last year, I read seven…and out of all seven, Sidney Sheldon and Walter Mosely was my most favorite. Can’t get away from the masters after the first page… totally immersed in suspenseful glory.
What’s your next step?
Working on something else; what else is there? As long as readers keep wanting more, I’ll try to keep feeding their hunger for my work. If they have any; it’ll show with any book I decide to publish out into the world. I’d always have a reason to strive further, push harder with my craft that way. Readers sure can keep you on your toes, and that’s what I really look for. It helps me keeping on.
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