AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
When a person commits themselves to a writing goal, writing a novel a book of poetry or short stories anything with some commercial potential. When the person is willing to continue moving forward because they believe in themselves and their work. When they are confident others will appreciate their efforts.
WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
An Author is one who is commercially and professionally motivated to write. Author is an occupation a professional. Writers produce copy or coney information whether it be articles for magazines, newspapers, novels, etc. Writer seems to include a broad number of writing ‘jobs.
HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED WRITING UNDER A PSEUDONYM, AND WHY OR WHY NOT?
No. I am proud of my work. I want readers to know it’s me. Be bold. To hell with them if they don’t understand. You know what you feel. Unless they also write, their opinions don’t mean much.
WHAT DO THE WORDS “WRITER’S BLOCK” MEAN TO YOU?
It’s a form of procrastination. Just start typing crazy sentences, make up fun stuff, just blast some things out, you’ll get back on track.
HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
I analyze them a bit. If the review doesn’t provide reasons they did not like the book. I just ignore them. A
RE THERE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS TO MODELING A CHARACTER AFTER SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
I don’t do that. I borrow from people’s personalities and my observations of people places and things in real life or in the Media. I do a great deal of research and borrow character traits from historical characters as well.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Tying the various scenes together in a logical flowing fashion with a reasonable degree of pace. I need to slow down from time to time and include description, emotions, etc.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
I started my first novel when I turned 40 years old. I had been writing poetry and eleven. I have written 6 novels, a poetry anthology and screenplay.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Get it down on paper and then fix it. You should also use a professional editor and listen to their advice.
WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Entertaining without invading the reader’s imagination. Each reader reads a different book. Their interpretations, images they form are unique to them.
WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU –THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS — AND WHY?
Characters. I like to imagine the characters and then follow them through the story as it develops.
12. HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Research and preparation outline the plot, the characters react and grow as they are faced with problems to overcome or emotions to deal with.
13. WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
When my first book was published.
14. HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Networking on Linkedin and promotion everywhere.
15. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Hearing from readers who really enjoyed my work. The least fun is being turned down hundreds of times. Querying is not for the weak of heart. Have a thick skin and believe in your work. Make it the best it can be. Be honest. If it’s bad, you’ll know.
16. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Unless you’re an artist don’t. If you want to do it anyway, search for images that are free to use and use good graphics for the title. Simple is better.