Smashwords had a fun set of interview question to go with my Author Profile. Since I doubt that if you’ve found your way here you’ll make it to my author page I’ll share the Q&A here. If you like it, go get NakedThoughts for yourself, here.
Describe you desk
It’s a tall 5’x4′ table on wheels. I live in a loft and enjoy moving my entire place around to keep it fresh. The desk is quite uncomfortable if I’m being honest, though. It’s at a particular height that I can’t find a stool to fit it. It has awesome drawers though! Two of them. They run the width of the desk with handles on both sides. One long drawer accessible from both sides.
This is a fun question.
On my desk is my camera and my Wacom tablet as I am a photographer. Next to them is the book “The Print” by Ansel Adams which I have never read. In the corner is a platter with a bottle of honey whiskey and a decanter that has never had alcohol in it. It was a gift that I’ve not found a liquor worthy of. There’s a pair of steampunk motorcycle goggles with green tinted lenses that I’ve always meant to take a photo with by never have. There’s also a paper airplane of my own father’s design and a paper frog folded from ridged writing paper. They are positioned so that the frog is mounting the airplane. I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the world who has this and for no other reason, I keep it.
I also have an eight-inch red notebook in an inconvenient leather sheath that I love. I can’t get rid of it. A soda-fired pottery glass with coke in it. A mason jar 1/5th filled with pink lemonade and grocery store brand crushed red peppers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York with separated and remarried parents. So I had the opportunity to spend time “up-state” (not really, but that’s what we called it) with my mother with visits to New York City, in my formative years, to spend time with my father. How has this influenced my writing- not at all.
But, I was an angry kid and as a result, I am a smoldering adult. Smoldering the way a cigarette smolders on the side of the road in a California forest during the summer months. Angry kids have only their imaginations to retreat to and I think a lot of the stories I created in my head are still warm coals waiting for a breeze.
When did you first start writing?
In high school, I started with poetry. In sophomore English class, we had to write an essay about religion; an essay I was not enthused about. So I got it in my head to write a poetic essay as a slant to the instructor. THANK YOU, MR VANDEMARK for encouraging me after that. I wrote the excessive thing called Contradiction and for whatever reason, he liked it. Butterfly wings, am I right?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No one would hire me as a not-indie author. What choice did I have?
What’s the story behind your latest book?
One day I was sitting in an airline bar and started writing, relating, writing again. I shared it and people liked it. This was very, very surprising to me and I tried it again and again.
That was not my first time writing, I had been recording dreams for a while and I began with poetry. However, when people gave me a voice I gained the courage to put my wind into it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I’m still a little unbelieving when someone tells me that they like what I have read. So, I beam on the inside and let my resting bitch face (the man version) crack a sheepish smile.
What are you working on next?
Oh! A real plug opportunity this question is. Well, ‘don’t mind if I do.
I’m writing Dream Daggers & Imaginary Friends, which also will be released in volumes.
Both Dream Daggers and NakedThoughts need imagery to make the final books and the $0.99 price for the volumes that are published will go toward producing those (and toward food, essentials, and women).
In the background of all of that is The Wind Prince. The first in an epic fantasy series called: well, I don’t know what yet. The Tide of Time series? This story began as a dream, too, then spiraled out of control. It’s about two realities split by a god in his madness and, 3,000 years later, colliding into each other. There will be politics, magic, world building, war, gods, and a gently waxing river approaching a waterfall.
Way back on one of the back burners is another epic fantasy called LUCK. It’s a brutal epic fantasy erotica that I can’t summarize in a few sentences. Follow along with me on @thewhiskeyruns (since I don’t have a website specifically for my writing as yet) of connect with me on Facebook and pester me with questions day and night.