1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Twenty or so. It was horrific. So bad. It was mostly just an exercise when I look back at it. I put my friends in the most ridiculous situations. I knew it was bad, but it felt so good to create.
2. How many books have you written?
As of right now, the collection and one novel. Add in the thousand and some odd poems, a novella and the two books in progress and we can round it to three.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Not really. Sometimes there is a clear path from beginning to end. But I have found once the words start to flow they can ceer sharply away. So while I may not want to write about something, I may find myself in the middle of it anyway.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am in my early forties, divorced with two awesome kids. They are pretty much my everything. Besides writing all the damn time, I am a technician (electro-mechanical) and have fixed everything from juke boxes and pinball machines to plastic injection molders and high capacity conveyors for UPS. Probably most everything in between as well
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Personally the Rain trilogy of short stories. But they are all my babies. For the longest time I had lost one that is included in Notches, ‘T-Rex and Babydoll’. It was a fever dream of a story and when I lost it I tried to rewrite it but never could get it right. Then one day it just showed up again. So that gets points as my white whale for a long time.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I used to sketch a lot. Then one day I couldn’t draw what I saw in my head. I’ve always been imaginative. One day I decided to try and draw with words. It was pretty terrible but I kept at it with the encouragement of friends.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I like B movies and video games. And I tend to skip both and read. But nothing brings the satisfaction of writing.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I start the next story or poem. No basking in the after glow for me. By the end of a story the next has been burning pretty fierce and clawing it’s way out.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
Depends on the scene. But music is a go to. Old school punk and Japanese bop jazz do the trick. Quiet when I write in bed or if I have to try and wrangle the words back on course.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I would make it so I could write high fantasy. I love the stuff when it comes to reading but I am not wired for it. The hardest lesson I had to learn was to really research what I was writing. It drivesme nuts to find inconsistencies or errors that a simple search could fix.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
When I was fresh out of high school I met Maya Angelou. Ever since then I wanted to be a poet laureate. But I would take NY Times Best Selling author and a few awards if they were handing then out.
12. Where do you live?
Right between Dallas and Fort Worth in Grand Prairie Texas. Home of Sandy Cheeks from SpongeBob.
I’ve had my share of cats over the years but none at the moment. I want a Maine Coon or lynx. And hedgehogs are adorable but require attention I’m just not capable of alone.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The reactions of the readers. When someone says they were moved to tears. Or is angry over a turn in the story. It is satisfying to illicit a response.
15. What is coming next for you?
I have submitted my first novel. I’m really proud of it. It is the culmination of everything I have been writing. The first of four books that follows Arthur Hardly, a gambler with extraordinary luck as he tries to stop the end of the world. It combines all the things I enjoy – mythology, humor, a leprechaun with a serious drug problem, Aleister Crowley and traveling to strange and sometimes horrifying places.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. I am curious about everything. I do Wikipedia roulette and get lost down the rabbit hole. Combine that with my depression and there is no telling where my head is going to go.
Buy Notches. Follow my blog (odconlinedatingcondition.wordpress.com) for daily poems and the occasional short story. This is just the beginning. I have stories to tell the world whether it is ready or not.