1- You have a wide variety of books, what genres do you write?
So far, I've written fantasy, light horror, non fiction, historical fiction, hard sci fi, and a how to book. I write sci fi, non fiction, and fantasy most often.
2- You illustrate as well, which books have you illustrated and how did your drawing impact the book?
I illustrated my fantasy novel, The Dice of Fate. I also illustrated a novella called From a Summer Sky by Glynda Shaw, a holiday anthology, a childrens' book, and a few magazine articles. I find that when I make an illustration for a book I have a much clearer idea of the world the book happens in. It helps my writing be more consistent and more detailed as well. For that reason, I think The Dice of Fate is a better story than it would have been, had it not been illustrated.
3- Which is your favorite character and why?
At the moment I really like Tom, a character from my recent novel "Rageth." I like him because though he looks like a tall, pale skinned, heavily tattooed metalhead, and in fact he is the lead singer for a death metal band, he really has a good heart and a truly gentle spirit. He's one of the more complex characters I've written about.
4- What, if any books are pulled from your life experiences?
There's a little of me in everything I write. My main characters often know things that I have learned, or share some traits I have. They are never pure "Mary Sues" because they have faults and foibles all their own, but they are like me in many ways. I will sometimes use things that have happened to me and put them in my books. For instance, in "Rageth," the main character does the job I do and some real life situations she encounters also happened to me.
5- Who are your favorite authors?
I really enjoy Tom Clancy, Robert Heinlein, John Dalmas, Diane Duane, L. Neill Smith, S. M. Stirling, and C.B. Archer.
6- What books impacted your life the most?
Anything that taught me something about myself. Biographies actually impacted me the most, I think, because I learned to admire some of the people I read about. That helped shape who I was as a person. In particular, the lives of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart were very inspiring, as well as Winston Churchill.
7- It appears some of your books are humorous- which are harder to write, humor or drama?
Depends on my mood, actually. When I'm in a dramatic mood, comedy is hard, and when I'm in a humorous mood, drama is hard. These days I'm in a dramatic mood more commonly than comedic.
8- What is the hardest part of publishing?
Making sure the book is edited properly. It's so easy to miss errors, even when I am working with an editrix. They just creep in around the edges! Still, my editrix is a life saver and I'd recommend her to anyone.
9- Where do you see yourself ?
I intend to have many more books on the shelves, a blog that has many more viewers and is much more popular, and I want to have at least one complete series out. I want to balance my own work with helping and promoting other indie authors and artists. That's something I'm very passionate about. , I'd like to have enough royalties that I can count on them as a portion of my income.
10- What are you working on now?
Right now I'm working on a final edit of my humorous horror story "Rageth," a rough edit of a fantasy novel called "Silverwings," and I'm in the planning stages for a military sci fi series.
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