Hey, thanks for clicking through to my bio. So, you want to know more about me? Cool. Problem is, like a lot of writers, I’m kind of an introvert… and not great at selling myself. Yeah, I may have picked the wrong profession.
In any case, D. William Landsborough has graciously let me steal… ah hem, borrow, the interview he used on his blog “The Coffeehouse” to introduce himself. I think it’s a great idea and you should check out his site too… after you read mine, of course 😉
Q. Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
I’m originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, but I’ve lived all over the country and visited a lot of places in the world while I was in the Navy. I’ve also had many jobs over the years, everything from administrative to welding. I currently am working on becoming an independent author.
Q. What inspires you to write?
The other books I’ve read. I have always loved being transported to other worlds and other experiences through books. I write partly to travel to those places through the ideas in my head, and partly to take others with me on the journey once my books are published. After all, road trips are always more fun with friends.
Q. Where do you come up with your best ideas?
Not a clue. Really, when I look back at some of the best things I’ve written, the kernel that started them seemed to come from nowhere. I have to admit that I do watch a lot of TV and movies, so I suppose barring magical fairies, a lot of my ideas could be from there. It’s a question I never considered before, so maybe I’ll start keeping a journal about it.
Q. Are there any authors that have had significant influence on you? How have they affected you?
When I was young I couldn’t get enough of adult sci-fi. Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot”, and countless others. I would lay in bed reading until I fell asleep, finished the book, or realized it was 5 A.M. and decided on “one more chapter”, then fell asleep or finished the book. I also loved getting lost in the fantasy worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and C. S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” Series.
I think their biggest influence on me has been to teach me that everyone is important, no matter how different they are from you.
Q. What other factors influence your writing?
I’m fascinated by magic. I really feel magic and science are the same thing, magic is just science we don’t understand yet. Don’t believe me? Imagine showing a smart phone to someone from the Dark Ages. Yeah, Witchcraft.
Q. If you could have a conversation with one person, alive or dead, who would it be?
My younger self. I don’t believe in regretting your past, it’s made you the person you are today. That said, I still would love to give myself guidance. I would tell her to never give up on her dreams. I would tell her to not waste a minute on self-doubt or fear. Everyone makes mistakes but learning from them is what really matters.
Q. Do you have a preferred genre to read? To write? What draws you to this genre?
I love science fiction and fantasy. Part of the reason is that they transport you to places so different from your own reality. They allow you to forget about your troubles and get lost in the adventure. Now that I’m older I also can see they are full of life lessons. They use alien races and future technology to teach us about ourselves and the world we live in. You can say things in these genres that would come across as preachy or insulting in another type of story.
Q. What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
Free write. I open a blank document then just babble about whatever comes to mind. It’s usually gibberish, but somewhere along the way I’ll suddenly have an idea I can use, if not for the part I’m stuck on, then for something else.
Q. Have you noticed any difference between some of your early work and what you write now?
I definitely used shorter sentences in my youth. Now, it seems, I can get a whole paragraph into one sentence. It’s a problem. I’m working on it.
Q. How do you know when a story is done?
Good question. Can I just state the obvious and say stories are never done? I’m not just talking about noticing typos, or rewording a sentence to make it flow better. Unless you kill off every single character in your book, you can always write more about them. I used to imagine the characters in the books I read, froze in time when I wasn’t reading. Writing is kind of like that too. The characters are hanging out somewhere in the universe just waiting for you to write more so they can do something. However I tend to get bored easily so my stories are usually done when the current plot has reached its conclusion and my brain has latched onto a new story to tell.
Q. What is your novel about?
I don’t know why this is such a hard question for me. I always want to say “Read the book.” Every time I try to describe it I feel like I’m leaving out something really important. I had my synopsis for “Dust on the Altar” in this space, but research has finally led me to being able to craft a logline so I’m replacing it with this:
A reluctant witch must regain the powers she abandoned in order to protect her coven and find her parents’ killer.
If you want to read the synopsis check out My Books page.
Q. What comes after it?
“Shadow on the Heart” is the second book in the series. I finished the first draft during NaNo 2017, but I’ve a feeling it will change a lot considering how much rewriting DOTA is going through.
Q. How do you define success? In writing or in everyday life?
Success is different for each person. For me personally, it’s a combination of completing the goals I’ve set for myself and being happy with how things have turned out. In writing that means completing a book and having someone enjoy reading it. In everyday life that means making sure my family is taken care of and I become a better person than I was the day before.
Q. If you could give one message to other writers out there, what would it be?
Don’t write for anyone but yourself, but don’t let anyone stand in your way. Sure, you want others to read what you wrote, you want them to enjoy it, and you’d like to hopefully make some money while doing it. But all those things are ultimately out of your control. The only thing you can control is sitting down, getting your thoughts out, and doing the work. If you love that, then the rest is gravy.