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Did you always want to be a writer? If so, what medium did you start with? Poetry, Short Stories, Novellas, Novels??
- I have always wanted to be a writer of some sort, and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories. I really started writing seriously in high school for the school paper. After that I wrote a number of short stories and even began a couple of other novels prior to completing and publishing AfterLife.
What was the inspiration for your book, Afterlife?
- AfterLife originated from a dream I had about being a zombie. The concept of telling a story from the zombie’s perspective appealed to me. It evolved into the Mortui concept that is presented in the book.
Who is your favorite author??
- It’s difficult to pinpoint a single author as my favorite. I love to read and there are so many good books and writers out there. But if I have to name a couple, some authors who’s books I have enjoyed are George Orwell, Bruce Coville, Lloyd Alexander, J. K. Rowling, Orson Scott Card, and Dan Brown.
What is your favorite genre to read and why?
-I enjoy reading both Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Although we live in the “real” world, there is something about escaping to worlds that are very different from our own that makes these stories compelling and exciting. I guess we all have our own means of escapism – mine is reading and writing.
Did you ever experience a major life changing event that impacted your writing?
-No, I don’t think there’s any single event that has impacted my writing. But I do believe that every person we meet and every occurrence or experience we have in life does impact who we are – just as how we deal with those individuals and experiences determine what we will become and how we think and look at the world around us. So in that way all life experiences have made me who I am as a person and thus had an effect on my writing.
If you could be any book genre, which one would you choose and why?
-I would be Fantasy. Fantasy worlds can have stories that are dramatic, comedic, suspenseful, and action packed all within imaginative settings that can’t be found anywhere in our everyday lives.
Name a song(s) that define(s) you as a writer.
-That would have to be “Life of Saturdays” by Dexter Freebish. It’s a song about visiting great places and experiencing life to its fullest. It is through my writing that I hope to transport readers to fantastic places to experience amazing things.
If the world was on the edge of extinction, how would you survive??
-I would retreat into the wilderness with my family, practice my farming and hunting skills, and try to survive off the grid. Of course, there is always the option of joining that secret government space colonizing mission.
What advice would you give to other aspiring writers like myself??
-Writing is about expressing yourself. Editing is about making what you write relatable and interesting to your readers. Both are important. I feel that a writer has to open up during the writing phase and just let go. But don’t forget to go back and edit or have someone else edit for you after.
What other projects do you have on the horizon??
- I’m working on the second book of the AfterLife series and I hope to have it out by the end of 2013. I also have a few other books in the works, one is a science fiction novel and the other is the first book in a fantasy series, but release dates are still to be determined.
Tell us about 5 books that changed your life in some way??
-“Anthem” by Ayn Rand taught me to think for myself.
“A Separate Piece” by Shel Silverstein taught me how to love.
“Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn taught me to look at mankind’s relationship to the planet in a new way.
“1984” by George Orwell taught me the importance of remembering history and the past to prevent others from re-writing it to fit their agenda.
The “Harry Potter” books by J. K. Rowling showed me that if you have a good story and tell it right, you can make the entire world want to read seven whole books just to find out how it all ends.
If you could time travel, what time period would you go to and why??
-I think being in Europe during the time of the Renaissance would be an extremely exciting prospect. There was so much innovation in the arts and science at a time when the people of the world were searching for change and growth. There were also a number of great people that lived during that period who we still respect today.
And a fun one, what would you do if there was a zombie apocalypse?
-The best way to beat zombies is to play dead. If you can’t beat them, join them. Of course, I’m more worried about a Mortui apocalypse.
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