- What is your genre? I write fiction, concentrating on historical mystery.
- What made you want to be a writer? The desire to tell tales that would fascinate people.
- Of all the authors out there, who inspired you most? It's a tie between H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Heinlein.
- What is your writing style? Do you outline? Linearly? By scene? Why? Usually I outline, but quite often I will write by scene. On several occasions, a particular scene or series of scenes have come to me in vivid dreams, and I find myself trying to construct the novel to incorporate those scenes.
- Do you write every day? How much? How long? I write two or three hours a day, every other day. Hey, I'm old!
- Do you think reading is as important to writing for an author? Why? Reading is just as important to a writer, if for no other reason than to get an idea of what his target audiences like to read.
- What are some of the things you would like to share with budding authors? Don't let rejections get you down, and write in genres that you personally enjoy.
- Do you have any marketing and promotional advice, referrals, tips you would like to share? Frankly, getting a good agent is the best thing you can do. I sold nothing until I got a brilliant agent!
- Do you think conferences are beneficial? If so, what have you learned? Which ones do you frequent? They can be beneficial, if for no other reason than meeting fellow authors and exchanging professional information. Left Coast Crime and Bouchercon are good conferences for mystery writers.
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