☞ ASK THE AUTHOR Q&A

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If you have questions for me…

Ask them here by commenting on this page  and I will answer them in my next blog entry.

 Below are a few of the questions I have been asked on GoodReads ☟ 

Goodreads: What inspired you to write The LightBridge Series?

The original idea spark came from a reoccurring dream I had as a child where I was in possession of a magical device that could take me anywhere I wanted to go in the blink of an eye.

Goodreads: How do you deal with writer’s block?

To be honest, I rarely experience writer’s block. It is a self-made barrier to creativity that results from being too much in your head and not enough in your heart and soul. When I am stuck in my head, I go for a walk or listen to a favorite piece of music and it always brings me back to my heart and soul.

I don’t outline my stories before I start because that makes the process too cerebral for me. I work on my books in the order of the story’s unfoldment. In other words, I write page one and then page two, and then page three…etc.  Why? Because I write fiction for the same reason I read fiction… to find out what happens next! As long as I am excited to know what’s next, the writing flows like a river, steady and true, and makes its way around the rocks and blockages without.

GoodreadsWhat’s the best thing about being a writer?

Because I live in my books as I write them, I get to live many different lifetimes. That makes writing a grand adventure.

GoodreadsWhat’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Aside from the usual (hone your craft, join a critique group, hire a pro to edit your final draft before you send it out, etc.), the top three best pieces of advice I’ve gotten (for fiction writing) are:

1. Don’t intrude upon your characters. Let them tell you what they want to say and do. Don’t force your opinions on them. Let them have their own unique point of view.

2. Know the difference between Active and Passive Voice. Active voice draws the reader into a story, passive voice makes the reader feel like an observer. In the passive voice, the subject does not do the action, the action is done to the subject:. The bicyclist was riding by. In active voice, the subject is engaged in the action: The bicyclist rode by. Or better yet, pick a more descriptive action verb: The bicyclist sped by. Look for the over use of the word “was” or “were.” They are red flags for passive voice.

3. Everyone tells aspiring writers to “write what you know,” but I would change that to “write what you want to know” and do the research! When I start a novel, I spend half my time researching and half my time writing. Writing what I already know is a “safe zone” that gets boring fast.

GoodreadsWhat inspired you to write The LightBridge Series?

The original idea spark came from a reoccurring dream I had as a child where I was in possession of a magical device that could take me anywhere I wanted to go in the blink of an eye.

Goodreads: What are you currently working on?

In addition to the final edits The LightBridge Legacy II: Riddle of the Gate World, (which will be released spring 2016), I am working on a Christmas book called The Saint of Carrington, which is slated to come out Nov. 1st, 2015. I  am also in the formulation stages of a new series that I am very excited about, called “The Dragonbond Books.”

Got any more questions for me? Add them to the comments section below and I will answer them in a blog post.

 

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