1. Have you ever gotten “reader’s block” and how did you get through that?
2. How did you balance writing your story your way and giving readers what they want?
Of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, William H. Gass, said he wanted as few readers as possible.
3. What was an experience you had when you discovered the power of words/language?
I had a high school teacher who told us “There are two hundred thousand words in the English language and most people have a vocabulary of around a thousand.”
4. What’s your favorite under the radar novel?
I’ll give you two, LOGIC by Olympia Vernon and SEVEN LOVES by Valerie Trueblood.
5. How much did real world people influence your characters and do you feel a debt to them?
A lot, and yes.
6. How many unpublished or unfinished books do you have? After successfully finishing this book, do you feel any of those could be revisited?
I’d never go back.
7. What did you edit out of this book?
Not too much, the editing was like “Move this over here, put that over there.”
8. Do you read, or plan on reading, reviews of this book? If so, how do you deal with the good and the bad ones?
So far most reviews have been pretty positive.
9. Does your family support your writing career? Were any of them instrumental in the creation process?
They’re very supportive but I don’t really discuss my stuff with too many people.
10. Do you like audiobooks, e-books, or physical books better? Why?
They’re all good.
11. What is the most unusual or surprising element of your writing routine?
Combing very disparate elements, like an idea from a psychology textbook with something from a porn video.
12. What is your favorite time of day, season, and place to write? Why?
Definitely early morning.
13. What is your favorite word and why?
14. Is there anything you’re currently working on that would intrigue or interest readers?
I’m posting a novel chapter by chapter on www.atheisttwister.com
15. Do you share books before they’re done or wait until you have a completed draft?
16. Writing is usually seen as a solitary affair, is this true in your case?
17. Do you start out with a concrete plot or let an idea or ideas lead you?
I almost totally improvise.
18. What book or author inspired you to start writing?
I like classic advertising copywriters like David Ogilvie, Rosser Reeves and Shirley Polykoff.
19. Do you read any of your own work after publication?
20. Do you have a day job other than writing? Does that job ever get in the way of writing?
I clean my apartment so I’m not embarrassed when the cleaning lady comes.
21. Do any of your friends or family seem to have the writing bug?
I don’t know a lot of other writers anymore, though at one time I did.
22. How critical are you of your own work compared to reading other authors?
Very – I never rate.
23. How important is reading other authors to your own writing?
Very, though photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers and film directors are as well.
24. How important is privacy to you as an author? Do you mind fans or plan on adopting a pseudonym?
The Paper Men by William Golding is a great novel on that subject.