First, can you give us some background about yourself?
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Although my main area of study was in filmmaking, I had always had a mind to tell my own stories. That for me meant writing them and building them from the ground up. After a few years outside of the creative sphere, I decided it was time to get back to it! So here I am attempting to publish my first novel.
What have you written?
- I am currently unpublished and working on publishing my first novel through the crowd publishing company Inkshares.com
Are you currently working on anything?
- My current work in progress is called Man's Damnation. It is part of a series that I have in mind which attempt to explain man's condition through a series of whimsical alternative histories.
How much research do you do for your writing?
- A boatload! I can't research enough. As a history buff it is honestly the most enjoyable part of the process for me. I often find myself lost in the research and forget that I need to actually start writing the darn novel!
What is your process like in the midst of writing a book?
- It is a bubbling cauldron of chaos to say the least. Overall the process could be best described as alchemy. I'm trying to create gold out of nothing, but really I am just tossing a million things into a mixture and hoping it comes out bronze.
What does your routine look like when you get to the editing process?
- I try not to beat myself up too much. I use the Hemingway App to give myself a smoother style since I can be a little wordy.
Do you have any quirks or rituals that help you achieve your writing goals?
- Coffee, Coffee, oh and more Coffee. Café's are great, and I absolutely have to have instrumental music playing.
Tell us about your work space.
- Usually a few open books in the research mode, and about a zillion tabs open on the netbook. Don't forget the iPad and the Cell Phone just in case I have to move. Mobility is what keeps me sane, I hate leaving a good idea behind.
Are there any software or apps that help you in your writing process?
- I primarily use Google Docs as my writing platform, but Hemingway App and Thesaurus.com are my best friends.
What do you do when you lose focus? Any tips for getting it back?
- I take a walk to clear my head!
Tell us about your publishing process.
- I am currently funding the novel through Inkshares.com. They give you a three month window to receive a certain number of pre-orders and then they publish your work. So far it has been an interesting journey.
Where can people find you and your work?