Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in Oregon, living in the country near forests of Douglas Fir and pines. I learned to love nature and the woods, and I think that my love of biology is shown in everything that I write, whether it is set on this world or another.
Currently I live in Saint George, Utah—near the redrock country of Zion’s Canyon and Bryce.
How did you develop your writing? As a writer, you tend to learn your craft by looking at the work of others. So often, you soak it up subconsciously, but as an author, I think consciously about the subjects that I write about. So, for example, I decided long ago that I wanted to combine my love for philosophy and biology in my tales, and if you look at my first novel, On My Way to Paradise, or my latest novel, A Tale of Tales (which is still under construction), you’ll see my loves shining through.
When I was writing Paradise, I was reading a lot of Fantasy Realism from Latin American authors like Borges and Marques, but in my writing today you’ll probably see more of . . . me. I think that as an older author, you tend to have developed and defined your own voice.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? I found that for me, marketing is the toughest. I love writing, and getting published was pretty easy for me. But I think that naturally I’m a pretty shy person, and I don’t really like to market. Other writers will probably be surprised by that statement, because I’m so much more proactive than most other authors. But I have to fight my natural shyness, and I don’t always win.
What marketing works for you? With marketing, it usually isn’t any “one thing” that works. I write my blogs, and that has helped a lot. I have some 70,000 followers on Twitter, and that helps, too. My facebook page has 5000 friends, so I’ve had to start a new one. I run Facebook ads, and those seem to be helping.
So I see my marketing effort as being like a stool, with several different “legs” to support my platform. If one leg were taken away, I’d still continue to function pretty well. And of course I’m always looking for more things to try.
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Genre - Science Fiction/Fantasy
Rating – PG13
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