- What’s the best way to get ahold of you?
- What do you like most about being a writer?
- What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
- What inspires you to write?
- What do you do when faced with writer’s block?
- When is the next book coming out?
- How do you write? What’s your process?
- When and where do you write?
- Are any of your characters based on real-life people?
- Can I get audiobooks of your books?
- What’s the best way for me to keep up-to-date on your books, et cetera?
- How long will the Jake Mudd Adventures series be?
- Do you go to conventions or do book signings?
- Why aren’t your books sold outside of Amazon.com?
- Who does your awesome covers?
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What do you like most about being a writer?
Exploring truths about humanity and our world through the lies of fiction. Sharing stories with readers. Indulging my imagination. Working without wearing a suit.
What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Read much and often. Read what interests you and what is considered great in your chosen genre. And read outside your normal interests. Fiction and non-fiction. Write every day. Write what you would enjoy. Never stop.
What inspires you to write?
Books I’ve read, movies & shows I’ve watched, and the world around me (often nature) inspire me to write. I often listen to music while writing. That helps too. Sometimes I select the music to fit the mood of the scene I’m working on. When I get into the right emotion for a scene, it really helps me write that part of the story.
What do you do when faced with writer’s block?
I write. Writing professionally means you write when you aren’t as inspired as you want to be, and when you feel under the weather, and when you’re not sure about what you’re writing. Despite the aforementioned, sometimes life throws a wrench in the gears. That happens to me from time to time. So, if a book release gets delayed, chalk it up to an meteor landing in my living room.
When is the next book coming out?
I will announce release dates as soon as I have them, but the first to hear are those who subscribe to my newsletter. I’m working on the next book right now. Once it’s done, edited, and polished up nice and shiny I’ll let you know. Thanks for your patience.
How do you write? What’s your process?
I start by imagining the central character(s). Then I brainstorm a story idea, coming up with a few key plot elements or some cool ideas. Once it’s formed in my head somewhat, I commit to a rough high-level outline. I look over the outline through the lenses of several story development models (3-Act, hero’s journey, scene/sequel, etc.) to see how it holds up, fleshing it out or modifying it where I think it needs it. Then I work up a handful of possible scenes for each part of the outline. With all that done and in place, I start writing from the beginning of the story. I have a good idea where the story needs finish and what stops/developments should happen along the way.
The aforementioned steps usual helps me discovery more deeply my characters motivations as well as several possible subplots I may work into the story. As I progress into the writing of the first draft I inevitably make changes to the planned scenes and in some cases changes to core plot ideas. This is my discovery time. I allow myself to deviate from my outline whenever I feel a new direction or addition will strengthen the story. If I get too far afield from my original outline/scene mapping (which often happens), I do a little rewriting of the outline/scenes/beats.
At some point, the story approaches what will be its final form and I pay less attention to all of the previous planning/plotting and allow my sense of the story and my intimate understanding of the characters to take over and carry the work to the end. Of course, this is the draft.
After that I review and tweak where necessary before sending it off to first readers and eventually my editor (once I’ve made the revisions it needs). There’s some developmental level work done on it, then my incorporation or rejection of suggested changes, then line/copy editing, then my pass on it again, then proofreading. I use in varying degrees: alpha readers/beta readers/ARC readers at appropriate stages. I also occasionally bounce ideas & samples off of a small group of writer friends with whom I meet several times per month.
When and where do you write?
I write at home at a small desk, at one of many coffee shops I frequent, or (using an audio recorder) in the car or on a walk in the park. I’d like to say I write daily (and there are periods when I do so), but lately I write more sporadically. As of this writing, I aim to get back to daily writing, for about two to three hours per day.
Are any of your characters based on real-life people?
I’m legally obligated to say, no.
Can I get audiobooks of your books?
Not yet. They will be at a later date, but I don’t have immediate plans to start production on audio versions. Likely, I’ll get the audiobooks going once I have a few more books out.
What’s the best way for me to keep up-to-date on your books, et cetera?
The best way to keep informed on new releases and special promotions I run is to sign up for my email newsletter. Also, if you want to get release alerts another way, you can follow me on Amazon or Bookbub, using the ‘follow’ button on the site. Both of those sites will send you an email when I have a new book out. I’m on several social media platforms too, but of those I’m most active on Twitter.
How long will the Jake Mudd Adventures series be?
The series will be five books. There will be another series which ties in directly with the Jake Mudd Adventures series after that. I have three of the books roughly outlined for this second series. They’ll include Jake and his crew from the first series, and will pick up a little time after the end of the first series. However, this second series will be such that a new reader can start with it instead of the first series and enjoy it just fine.
I also will continue to publish the stand-alone novelettes and novellas in the Jake Mudd Tales collection. Other books and series are planned too, but I’ll reveal those later.
Do you go to conventions or do book signings?
Years back, before I started writing, I went to conventions. This year I haven’t and won’t attend any. Next year I likely will make it to at least a couple. I’ll announce when and where once I have those plans. I’ll likewise announce any book signings. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll hear about all of these things as well as new releases.
Why aren’t your books sold outside of Amazon.com?
I decided to start the Jake Mudd Adventures series exclusively on Amazon so I could include the books in Kindle Unlimited. I intend to release my books on the other major platforms (Apple, Kobo, B&N, etc.) sometime in the future. I don’t yet know when that will be. You can get my novelette Tangled Peril for free if you sign up for my email newsletter. You also can find it on Wattpad and Instafreebie. I may offer other Jake Mudd Tales similarly in the future.
Who does your awesome covers?
Thanks for asking. I’m glad you think they’re awesome. I do too. My covers are done by Deranged Doctor Design. They knock ’em out of the park, and they’re great to work with.