Sleeper: Defending Earth

 

  1. How important is research to you when writing a book?  Research is critical to me.  I find fiction based on fact more believable.
  2. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?  The computer is my go to for writing but I always carry a note book and pen for when ideas strike away from my desk.
  3. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?  At age 63 I found retirement to be less than fulfilling.  My wife said “Everyone has at least one good book in them.  Go find yours.”  So I did.
  4. What inspires you to write?  I believe that human life exists beyond our own planet.  The evolution of humans is a fact because we exist therefore humans can evolve on other similar planets.
  5. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?  I write when the direction is clear and the words flow in my head.  I stop when life interferes or the direction becomes clouded.
  6. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? Once I knew what to write about it was easy.
  7. Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day? No.  I tried that once and found myself more focused on the numbers than the content.
  8. Writers are often associated with loner tendencies;is there any truth to that? For me I want to be left alone with my thoughts when writing but at other times I enjoy the company of others.
  9. Do you think writers have a normal life like others? To the same extent as other professions yes.
  10. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? I have a basic outline  at the beginning then let my mind fill in the blanks as the story progresses.  I never know what I will pick up along the way.  It’s always an interesting journey.
  11. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?  Finding the patience to sit back and let the ideas come.
  12. What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing? When the research is done, thoughts are in order and the direction is clear.  The physical act of putting pen to paper or in my case typing into the computer is the easiest part.
  13. Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?  With me it is a gradual process it begins with a the inability to concentrate then I struggle with the content and finally my journey comes to a gradual halt. This can last for only a few hours or as long as a couple of weeks.
  14. Any tips you would like to share to overcome it? Distract yourself.  Always have something completely different that requires concentration waiting in the wings.  I build complicated structures out of Legos.  It pulls my mind out of the mire and on to something new and interesting.  Usually while building the subconscious mind is working on the story.  Many times I don’t get to finish the structure before the light comes on again.  Then my grandchildren get to turn my work of art into something out of their own imagination.
  15. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? I read in between my own books. I like Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, C.S. Forester, Ken Follet and many others 
  16. Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?  Editing your own work in my opinion is like representing yourself in  court. Absolutely wrong.  I am fortunate in that my wife Karen edits my work.  She does not spare my feelings which is good.
  17. Do you have a daily habit of writing? Yes.  I am always writing something.  Not always the current novel.
  18. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion? For me it is a hobby.  I like to write and to express my thoughts.  It keeps my mind active which I believe is healthy.
  19. Is it true that anyone can be a writer? Yes anyone can be a writer.  Whether or not anyone wants to read what you write is another matter.
  20. What does the word ‘retirement’ mean to you? Do writers ever retire? Retirement means living off the clock.  Doing what you want when you want within the limits of your income.  Sounds like a writer to me.
  21. Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that? I believe we all have a muse in one form or another.  Usually they are helpful although prone to be fickle.  It can feed you a tidbit of information enough to fire the imagination then desert you altogether.
  22. It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that? Fiction writers, especially science fiction writers must believe in the possibility of what they are writing.