I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the awesome Vic Smith at VicStories (If you haven’t yet, check out his blog. You won’t be sorry. :))
The rules are pretty simple, so I’m sure I won’t mess this up. lol I have to answer eleven questions Vic chose for me, and then nominate bloggers I want to torment… I mean, hear from (Yeah, that sounds good :D). I agree that eleven bloggers are too many, so I’m going to stick with five as well. Besides, it’s fun to be different, right?
Here we go. Who knows? You may learn something new about me. 🙂
Who do you see as the audience for your writing?
This is a tough one and is going to sound as at odds with everything you hear about marketing books. lol As a multi=genre author, I’m not a big fan of focusing on a single or even a couple of groups. I read to escape, so I look at targeting anyone that’s looking to lose themselves in a good story.
Which comes first for you, narrative or dialogue?
It depends on the story. Usually, I use a narrative style, but sometimes I have a conversation stuck in my head that turns into how the story is told. I’ve found it’s easier to be flexible than not with my muse. lol
Do you think that fiction must be entertaining?
Definitely. I hate to say it, but for me, I wouldn’t enjoy it otherwise.
Do you think that fiction should be educational?
I think it is by default. As authors, we put so much of ourselves and experiences into our work, there’s always something for us to learn.
Are you aware of other writers who have influenced your work?
Oh yeah. Pretty much everything I read influences me on some level. It’s amazing how we learn so much just by picking up some of their books.
A few of my influencers are Stephen King, Sue Grafton, Tom Clancy, J.K. Rowling, Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Louis Stevenson to name a few.
Do you prefer e-book or print?
I love ebooks, but I’m a hardcore book sniffer, so until reading devices have a new book smell, print is my first choice.
How do you see the future for creative writing?
I think it’s going to be a bright one. I see so many writers that are now able to experience the thrill of having their books published and loving improving their craft that I get excited just thinking about it. 🙂
Do you make much use of social media?
Oh yeah. I spend a handful of hours a day networking and/or researching for my writing. The online community has its good and bad parts, but I’ve met some of my best friends through these professional interactions.
If you could live in any time but this, which would you choose?
Oh crap. Um… okay… if I have to choose, I guess I’d have to go with ancient Greece. I love ancient history, the middle ages, and the 1800s, but ancient times have my heart.
What makes you sad?
Losing a loved one. Aside from obvious reasons, the idea that everything they were, had learned, or did is largely gone is heartbreaking.
What makes you happy?
Probably the best for me is seeing someone experience their dream to any degree. There’s something magical about someone’s enthusiasm when they get to do something they never thought possible.
My questions for my choices:
- What inspired you to write?
- Is there a particular writing memory that you’ll never forget?
- Do you write to the TV, music, or in silence?
- Fiction or non-fiction? What’s your preference?
- Do you imagine movie stars as your characters? Which ones?
- Do you have a certain persona you take on when writing?
- Who are your all-time favorite authors?
- If you could sit down with one author, who would it be?
- When’s your creative time?
- What vices do you have when writing?
- What time period is your favorite to write about?
Alrighty, now I get to select some of my fellow bloggers to take part. If they’re too busy to join in, I hope you take a moment to visit their blogs (Just click on their names) and say hi. 🙂
An awesome friend and one of the best horror writer’s I’ve ever read.
A fantastic person and friend. She’s awesome at tying science with fiction.
A wonderfully supportive person, Eden’s fun and an awesome writer.
She’s one of the most supportive people I’ve met for Indie artists and has written some great stories.
A great guy and awesome fantasy author. His books are some of my favorites.