Q: Introduce yourself! What is your experience with writing?
I’ve always loved writing since I was little. The earliest story I can remember was about a boy who travelled to the moon. He watched passing rocket ships going to all the other planets but none to the moon to save him. Now thinking about it, it wasn’t very accurate. After that my stories got longer and when I hit my twenties I got into it seriously, planning on making it a career. Now ten years later I have my first published novel and working hard on the sequel.
Q: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I can think of two parts. The first is actually sitting down and doing the writing. Once I get started it’s very hard to stop but it’s that initial, sit down and block everything out. I often write and watch something on the television. Which isn’t very productive.
The second part is writing emotionally important scenes. The need to get it right, to invoke such emotions in the reader. However, the awesome feeling of nailing one of those scenes is the best feeling.
Q: How many hours a day do you write?
That can vary. Unfortunately I’m not a full-time writer, yet. So on weekdays it can go from 30mins-2 hours. But, on my days off when I’m by myself I do writing days. They tend to involve going out of the house and away from distractions. Writing outside when the weather permits it and treating myself to a subway for the hard work.
Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I have put in influences in my books but I don’t think I’ve slipped in any secrets. Maybe one or two in-jokes with close friends.
Q: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I’ve had a few friends read my stuff early on and they’ve had some great words to say about it. Only gotten two real reviews since my first book got published this June. So that has been good. But I’ve always been able to respond to criticism. I’ll just have to wait and see when I get a bad review in the future.
Q: Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely. Sometimes everything just gets stuck and you can’t find a route to the other side. Any time I’ve been hit with writer’s block I’ve switched books, switched genres. Just to start over and keep things fresh. Then I would go back to the original book. Probably why it took me so many years to finish off.
Q: Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I think that it would hurt a writer. It would make them miss the little things. Believing that they are too good to bother checking and checking again. A little ego is fine as long as it isn’t taken too far.
Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?
That most definitely has to be the television. Find it so easy to get distracted. Need to get a study with no distractions.
Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to write what I enjoy more than what I feel the reader wants. That way my stories will be written better. I try to put as much originality into my books as I can. That way the reader won’t feel like they’re just reading a re-hash of something they’ve read before.
Q: Where can readers learn more about you?
I have a Facebook page.
I have a profile on my publishers website.
And I have my own site.