What are some must haves when you sit down to write?
Quiet, Root Beer, and occasionally some music in the background. It helps my creative juices to flow.
If you became trapped as a character in a book or series, which would you choose and why? (Any book, any series, new or old)
I love Fred Saberhagen’s The Berserker Series, and there is a character that he followed for a couple of books named Harry Silver. He was gritty, real character with flaws, but good moral character that drove his decision making across the stories.
Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?
The Twilight series and Harry Potter, of course. I would look at the movies and read excerpts to inspire me late at night. I usually write in the hours between 10pm and 1am.
What do you feel are the benefits of the new electronic readers such as Kindle, Kobo & Nook to the environment?
You can market to an entirely different crowd. People love portability, and they can just download a plethora of books and read them at any time, all on the go. Pricing is a big selling point as well. I appreciate having a hardcover in my hands. I love the feel and smell of a new book, but it’s kind of hard to carry three or four at a time.
What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors in the end? Do you feel they have a negative impact or positive, or no impact at all that you can see?
I think it differs in the way an author tries to get published, with considerations of volume versus dollars. Once you get your work out there and create a fan base, it may be easier to re-coupe dollars down the line rather than trying to grab it all at once.
What sort of things influence you into naming settings and characters from your books as they are named?
I do research on the settings. If people read something interesting in Protostar and do some digging, they will find real facts lurking beneath. Here’s a free one: look up Fabricius and you will find a researcher that discovered Mira A and B.
Did you write as a teenager?