I have been writing most of my life. However, it is only in the last fifteen years that I have gotten serious and started publishing my work.
The Wilder Doctrine is a fantasy style novel. I thought it would be fun to explore a different angle on the myths. legends and horror stories from my youth. I am pleased with the way it turned out and I am really looking forward to releasing more novels in the 'Wilder' series.
In a word, accessibility. The effort required to produce a work is worth it, in my opinion. I still have to write, and have the work edited and hire graphic artists and all the rest. Having the ability to be directly involved with a books production on my own time-line is challenging and rewarding. I chose indie publishing from the outset. I am not sure I would want to do it any other way.
There are a couple things that immediately come to mind. The writing itself - the composing of the story and watching as situations and circumstances evolve on the pages. That is very exciting for me. The second part of this is my readers. I love to hear that someone has read my work and enjoyed it. It isn't pride or ego, it is more like satisfaction in having created something that someone else has been entertained by.
Everything. Besides myself, they are who I write for. I write for myself for the pure enjoyment of it, but it is the reaction of my fans to my work that makes me want to keep writing.
I have a couple irons in the fire, so to speak. I have another 'Wilder' novel and another 'Truth' novel in the works. I am also experimenting with some other concepts.
Unfortunately writing is not my full time work. I still have to go to my job each day. If I am not working at either of those two things, I am spending time with my family. I cherish those times.
Vaguely. I was in grade 5 or 6. I wrote a 110 page handwritten story. I have written a great many things over the years, but that is probably the first heavy writing I did. I have no idea what happened to the story and can't recall what it was about. I just remember writing it.
Inside my head is where it all starts. I will see a show on TV or someone I know will make a some random comment about this or that and ideas start bouncing around in my head. Some ideas come and vanish quickly. Others come and stick and evolve over weeks. If an idea comes to me and sticks around for several weeks that is when I start hammering out the story. At that point there is no focus or direction. I put down a few thousands words and see how it looks. If I am still liking the idea, then I start to plan the story and how I want it to evolve on the pages. More often than not, however, the final product is only loosely related to the original concept and plan. I just call that evolution of concept. I let the story tell me where it wants to go.
A mess. It is piled high with sheets of paper, scraps of paper, post it notes, copies of my books, a tablet, cell phone and of course my computer and three monitors. I like three monitors to keep different aspects of the creation separated and easily accessible reference and to keep research in an easy to locate spot.
I love a good thriller or mystery or fantasy novel. Something that gets me involved in the story. I read a lot of tech stuff, so those genre really help me relax.
I have a tablet and my pc, but I read most on my phone. It is always with me and I can pull it out whenever I have a few minutes.