- When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
I really decided to be an author when one day, I just made the decision to sit down and write out (in book form) all of the stories I had created. My friends had been suggesting that I should do so for years. I tried a few years back and it came out horrible. <laughing> But when I sat down this time, it just flowed out of me like it was meant to be.
- Where do you get your inspiration for your writing?
I get my inspiration from everything around me. From books I read, pictures, movies, songs, even (sometimes) just random comments that I read or hear. I would say the best form of inspiration I get is from people who I game with. When they game with me I always ask them to create a back story. Usually it’s just a small thing. But from there my imagination jumps off because it’s my job to give them a great time gaming (table-top roleplaying games) and I don’t want to disappoint them.
- Who is your favorite author? Favorite book?
Favorite author is Timothy Zahn. And naturally my favorite book is “Star Wars – Heir to the Empire” written by him.
- Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you get through it?
I get writer’s block in small ways. But to me, getting writer’s block isn’t really a “block” per say; I look at writer’s block as the artist’s minds way of saying, “You’re doing this wrong.” It usually means that I am so fixed on getting the book to go where I want it to go, that I’ve stopped being open to new paths and that I need to take a step back and reexamine where things are going in the story. That usually involves putting my own wants and needs aside to look over what I’m writing again and why.
- What should readers know about your latest book?
It’s a high fantasy story taking place in a world infected with orcs, goblins, giants and dragons. I think it’s a great tale about teamwork, and an exciting way to see how just one person can cause ripples in the lives of those around him.
- Do you prefer traditional books or eBooks?
Definitely prefer traditional books. Besides the fact that there’s just something that can’t be beat by holding the actual book in your hands, I have dreams that, one day, I will be able to have my own library inside my house.
- What are you currently reading?
Currently I’m reading nothing. It’s one of my little things… I don’t like to read other people’s works while working on my own. I always worry about being influenced by accident.
- Is there anything else people should know about you as an author?
Well, other than the fact that this will definitely be a series; I am really excited to see people enjoy the world I’ve created. And should they ever want to write me to ask questions, I’m more than willing to respond – at least the best I can, without giving away future book details. <laughing>
Thank you Charles for not only working with Pypeline Editing, but taking time to answer our questions! Stay tuned for future Authors in the Spotlight and look for past authors as well!