1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I am a part-time writer who works full time as a Multimedia/ Audio Visual Technician in a College, I’ve study Film and Television production at Humber College with my focus on Script Writing and Production management. I am married, have a son and dog. We live in the middle of cottage country in Ontario Canada.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading of course, I am a big geek and enjoy playing video games, I am hooked on Guild wars 2. A large mmorpg. I also enjoy watching Anime. I prefer them subtitled over being dubbed. I also practice Wado kai Karate and I am currently a brown belt.-
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
When I have an idea, I will write it down either in a journal or on an index card. When I have finished my current work I will go through my notes if I am looking for something to write. Sometimes those ideas are superseded by on that just pops in my head when I have finished writing.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere, walking down the trail with my dog helps me mull over ideas and ways to keep a story moving. Seeing people dressed and acting a certain way begs me to create some sort of back ground for them in my mind and in turn it sometimes develops into a story. This also happens with inanimate objects, such as a statue and landscapes. Even in the college I work at I have gained ideas from the courses they teach. I have a couple of horrors written that way. It does help to work in an environmental college that has a program that dissects wild animals; the animals are road kill that the students gather themselves. I have some children stories that have yet to be published that come from my Grandfather making up bedtime stories. My Novel Burden of Choice started as my son’s idea. He insisted I write it, though I tried getting him to write his own story. It took a couple of months to convince me to write the story. I am glad he pushed me , if he hadn’t I may never have gotten a novel published so soon.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
One of my children Stories about Kalle Rabbit and Pelle fox called Kalle, Pelle and the Well. Is one of my favorites. Though it is not published I found this story had helped with dialogue. Talking as a fox and a rabbit is more believable when you exaggerate what they say. Before writing this story I was clueless about how to write dialogue.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Sometimes I make faces in the mirror and add voices to match. I have always done this even before I started writing, still it does help with creating characters.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Many of my experiences go into my stories some more directly than others. Once I fell asleep and had a dream that I thought was real. Someone lay next to me and the sheets grew taught. When I looked no one was there. The sheets still remain tight around my body and I could not move nor wake up. However I did wake up my son and wife with screams for help. That was some crazy dream. It still reoccurs, but I am not so frightened of it anymore. This ended up in my short story The Miller’s Daughter in an Anthology called Dark Light.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Everything I see is a muse to me and encourages me. It would be difficult to have a name for it.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I would like to attempt a novel length Horror or try writing a high fantasy. I tend to write in a variety of genres, I have written one Sci-Fi that I plan to get published.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
On the top of my list is Charles De Lint followed by Tad Williams Patricia Briggs and Peter V Brett I also have to include Tsugumi Ohba the Author of Bakuman. It is a Managa series. I find it very inspiring since it is about a writer’s and artist’s struggle getting published in the world of Manga.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Mercedes in Iron is my favorite. I like strong stubborn characters and she is one of them. I never had a favorite male character, but Harry Dresden from the Dresden files is pulling my interest. He is another stubborn character who has to work within limits that a society of wizards placed him in. reading how he gets around those limits can be entertaining.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
I love writing, but sometimes the motivation is not there. I have to push myself or do some sort of activity to get myself to start writing. Once I start I can be at the keyboard for hours.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Everyone will tell you this, read, read and read. It is the best way to learn about different ways to write. Also once you start writing be prepared to develop a thick skin. People will rip apart your work whether it is good or bad. Don’t ever stop writing because of some criticism. There are too many good writers out there who have stopped because of it.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d be continuing my day Job and may look to doing some sort of video production on the side.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Having a picnic in the Swiss alps and waiting for the stars to come out, while feeling the warmth of my wife sitting beside me.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
My current soon to be released Novel is called A Burden of Choice.
Amelia never needed attention at school yet she had gained the attention of the captain of the football team and the ire of the cheer leading squad. An attention she could do without. Her life goes through a dramatic change when she rescues a couple of girls from a dare and finds that her soul is bound by a power that was never meant for human kind.
When she finds out that the power could heal or destroy the world she is faced with the choice of keeping it or trying to remove it from herself. If she makes the wrong choice it could mean her death and the beginning of the end of the world.
Exerpt from A Burden of Choice.
Amelia moved her body to the beat of the hip hop music, hips swaying in sync. Her arms and hands flowed with the rhythm. Fingers stretched and moved about, mimicking raindrops falling from the sky. The music pulled and tugged her, bringing out primal urges that felt strange to a girl from the twenty first century. The energy from the crowd of dancers filled Amelia's soul with an intense fire, the music acting as a conduit. A flickering flame swept through her mind, its brilliance cascading through her being.
Her whole body began to move faster and faster as a new form of music began to fill her head, more primal, more haunting. She wanted to stop, but could not. The faster she moved the slower the crowd danced. The sweat drenching her clothing slid down her back and could not cool the burning sensation coming from within, waiting to be released. Amelia became trapped in an unending dance. She could not understand the strangeness occurring to everyone around her. Why their movements slowed and why their bodies left a trail of after images.
A white burning fire tinged with lines of gold erupted from her body, radiating outwards, bathing the entire club with its unnatural glow. The music stopped, lights went out. The darkness brought Amelia back to her senses, unaware of what had just happened.
The music started playing again and the lights turned on. Seeing bodies lying on the floor barely moving Amelia let out a scream. A hand covered her mouth cutting off her scream.
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