Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?

I don’t believe so. I wrote Misfitz out of what I saw as a void in youth/young adult fiction. The book is about a group of street-wise kids who form a band. I seriously doubt there would be a lot of grammar correct correspondence going on between them. I guess it depends on the audience you are trying to reach.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

To Kill A Mockingbird only because it is a wonderful book, beautifully written with a strong impact.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

I feel like I have my own genre. I call it prophetic fiction or prophiction. I write fiction using a smattering of reality, just enough to make the reader believe they can achieve what the book is attempting to portray

How important is research to you when writing a book?

I think in any genre research is the most important step in writing. There is way too much bad writing going on now. We see it in everything from journalism to screenplays. Proper research gives credibility to everything you write.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

Laptops or dictate, sometimes I dictate because I never know where I’ll be when inspiration hits. As soon as possible though I get it onto a hard drive.

When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

High School. I am a product of the sixties and all the more important things in my life at that time revolved around writing. Whether it was music (the Beatles) or movies (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) the things I enjoyed most in life seemed to begin with a good chord progression or a screenplay.

What inspires you to write?

Anything that touches my heart either positively or negatively.

How often do you write?

As often as possible but usually following something that inspires

How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?

Sometimes its the hardest thing in the world to do. It requires discipline. It all depends on how badly you want to achieve your goals. If your passion is right you make the time and effort.

Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?

I do. I make a goal of two pages for every sitting. Most of the time it turns out to be more than that because you hit a groove and want to write more but I try to never do less than two because it feels almost a waste of time to me.

Writers are often associated with loner tendencies;is there any truth to that?

I can’t speak for all writers but I definitely like my alone time. Thats when I seem to connect and build the passion to write. Its not that I don’t love people but if there are distractions I find it hard to listen to my heart.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Definitely discipline. Sometimes you might get writer’s block. These are the times I force myself to write. I try to stay at it until the dam breaks. It is also hard to make time to write. It always works better to set a time, day and place to write and KEEP it!

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