It’s been two months since I posted and I will honestly admit right now that this webpage, while nice, is not high on my priority list. Life is. Even so, I want to know what other writers and readers are willing to share with me, which means I need to share in return. Here are some questions I’ve had recently and the answers I gave (note: some paraphrasing might have occured).
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am currently editing and finishing a collection of short stories of various genres and ratings that will be published later this year.
Q: Are you writing a sequel to Maker?
A: Yes, I have a couple of chapters in place but the anthology is taking precedence.
Q: How do Bethany and Zander celebrate holidays? Like Christmas?
A: They don’t. Holidays did not survive, though the belief in God did.
Q: Do you normally write science fiction?
A: No. I mainly write action and adventure. It might take place in a science fiction setting, or a fantasy setting, or in a western setting, etc. I don’t always get to choose that – the characters do. I do occasionally write suspense, but that’s for short stories, not books.
Q: How long does it take you to write something?
A: The book Maker took about year to write and another year and a half to be reviewed and edited to its final form. Another book I am writing has taken far longer (on its third revision) and has yet to be finished. Some short stories take a year or a couple of days or might not get finished at all. So the answer is, “It depends.”
Q: When you write, do you imagine an actor or a specific person as the character?
A: No, because (usually) the characters are compilations of people I know or have known, or are representations of personalities I have observed. Even Mrs. Twitterwitt, though mostly based on an elderly woman I knew who toured the United States with her husband on the back of motorcycles, was not entirely like that woman in every aspect.
Q: Do you live in a house like Bethany’s? Are you like her?
A: Yes, I live in a Quonset hut, and her driveway is incredibly like mine. I have also used many shop and power tools to construct things, but Bethany is not based on me – she’s physically more like a woman I know and admire, and her personality is a compilation of a few people I have known.
Q: Do you have a Facebook page or Twitter (or other social media)?
A: No. Well, I have a livejournal account under another name (old school, I know), but this page is pretty much where to go if you want to know more about my work or chat with me about stuff.
And that’s about all the questions I can think of off the top of my head that others have asked. If you have a question for me, send it and I will do my best to give you an answer.