1. How did you get started writing?
When I was in 3rd grade we had a newspaper that we mimeographed and sold for $.03. We needed copy. Somehow, from then on, I always knew I was going to be a writer but it was a very long start. I did a lot of technical writing and editing over the years, then one day I was out of work and created a blog to tune up my technical writing skills. Then I wrote a story in 20 min and a website with a large following somehow found it and linked to it. Now, that story has been published four times and most everything else I’ve written since then has found a market. Just write. The world will find you.
2. Out of all your books, which one is your favourite and why?
The next one I’m going to write, whatever that is.
3. If your friends were asked to describe you in one word, what would it be?
I ran a facebook poll on this. I’m either “intense” or “callipygous.” I’ll go with former, as we don’t really need to focus on what a big ass I am, I mean have. Actually, my girlfriend just replied “visionary,” so I better use that one.
4. What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Fly fishing with my girlfriend, preferably in wine country.
5. What do you love most about the genre you write?
“No fishing story is about fishing” Thoreau.
6. What do you want readers to take from your books?
I’m a thematic writer. A romantic. I want people to understand that there is more to life than a cubicle and a house in the burbs. I believe in freedom, and search for it in this complicated world, even if we only find it in fits and starts. I want people to feel the “something bigger” inside of themselves and make that the most important thing. Whether they love or hate the story, I want them to feel something.
7. Describe yourself in 3 words.
creative, complex, peripatetic
8. What made you decide to write in your current genre?
It chose me. I came off the river one night with a story full blown in my head, and have been writing (mainly) in that genre ever since. Although genre is not the right word. Perhaps milieu is the right word. My stories are mostly based on fly fishing but spanning the genres of true life, pulp, mystery, romance, humor, sci-fi, and horror. My voice is pulp. Ironically, I won a national award for humor, but I would never say I write humor.
9. Tell us about your current release/or new release?
I have 2 books of short stories, 5 novellas, and a fly fishing novel which I am going to release in sequence. Also, after 12 years, putting the final touches on a book I’m editing, designing, and publishing about Fly Fishing in the Russian Far East, and sending that off to press so that I can concentrate on my work an not somebody else’s for a change.
10. What does your writing space look like?
My writing space is inside my head. When I’m at the computer I’m mostly typing foregone conclusions, and I can do that anywhere. Currently I’m at the dining room table while I remodel my office. I’m surrounded by two computers four monitors, stacks of papers and tidbits of construction projects.
11. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?
Pen and paper. The rest is all window dressing.
12. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?
Why would I? They are constantly plaguing me! Actually, most of my characters end up drinking into the sunset.
13. How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
In my main genre, my characters are 100% me, something I thought I would have to edit out, but it turns out that people read me for my voice. I often say “All of my stories are true, some of them just haven’t happened yet.”
14. What are you working on now? Can you share a teaser of it with our readers?
My main WIP in is a novel based on The Picture of Dorian Gray. It’s about a man who procures a fly which makes all of his dreams come true, but it costs him a little of his soul every time he catches a fish with it. Please let me know what genre that fits in.
15. Is there one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing?
While it goes against convention, I don’t consciously write to genre. I write the stories that come to me. If I think they have legs, I take the time to type them up.
16. What do you do when a flash of inspiration hits you at an inopportune moment?
I carry a journal. I open up Word. I create a draft on my blog. I put it on post-it notes. I have a 4’x8′ white board. But however I do it, I take the time to explore it. Because I know that this is the most important thing I can be doing with my time. The story for this anthology I wrote the first 1200 words in my journal, at night, in the dark, one pithy phrase at a time. I had declined Kate’s invitation to join the group, but the story wouldn’t leave me alone.
17. What keeps you going while writing?
Being a writer is thinking you have something important to say and having the hubris to try to communicate it. So, probably the hubris.
18. What’s next for you?
Finishing my huge (600pp) non-fiction project. Finish two more anthology pieces for the year. Get my novel out there in a release train with all of my previous work. Outline several series in my head. Rolling up my sleeves and taking this seriously.
19. Where can we find you on the internet?