1 – What’s your latest book about?
Seven Forges is a sword and sorcery story about the clash of cultures between a vast and stagnant empire and a much smaller and very militant neighboring country. I hope it’s a story with depth and one that works on multiple levels but that’s for the readers to decide, not for me.
2 – Who’s your favorite author and/or what’s your favorite book?
Those are two different beasts for me. My favorite author of all time is Stephen King. There’s no one better at telling a story for me. My favorite novel of all time is A Prayer for Owen Meany. It’s brilliant. Then again, I've never read anything by John Irving that wasn't.
3 – What’s your favorite aspect of writing?
Creating lives and people and getting to know them through the course of a tale. My favorite part of the novel writing process is when the characters surprise me and that happens almost every time.
4 – Any good anecdotes about being a writer?
Lots of them. Here’s one that almost every writer can relate to. Sooner or later every writer gets at least one person who tries something like this: Person: I have a lot of good ideas for stories. Me: That’s great. You should write them. I look forward to reading them someday. Person: Well, I was thinking I could tell the ideas to you. Me: No thanks. I have too many ideas of my own. Person: Well, but if I told you my ideas, you could write them and we could share the profits. Me: Seriously I have way too many ideas of my own. Besides, your ideas are yours. If anyone is going to write those stories it should be you. Person: But I’m not a writer. I don’t have the time. Me: Make the time. Person: I don’t like writing, I just like having ideas. I’m an idea person. Me: I just don’t need to write your stories. I need to write mine. Person: What if I paid you? Me: You’d have to pay a lot. Person: How much? Me: For a novel? (Insert quote here. From there on the conversation normally dies.) Now what’s the funny part? The first time you see a newer author dealing with the exact same conversation.
5 – What was the most helpful writing advice you've ever received?
Write the first draft in a rush. Wait a few weeks and then read it from the beginning. Get out your pen and start making changes.