How do you come up with the titles of your books?
They just pop into my head.
What is your writing schedule? Do you jump out of bed with coffee in hand or are you an afternoon writer? What conditions do you like to write under?
I enjoy a relaxed atmosphere to write in. My schedule is not planned. I write when the spirit moves me. Since I am also a painter, and my writing goes hand in hand with my art work, my text is often influenced by the images I depict on canvas and paper.
What do you have to avoid when writing a book? Do you ever get burned out?
No I never get burned out. There’s never enough time in the day to complete all the book projects I’d like to do. I can’t really avoid things. I just try to make the best of my life as things come along.
How do you start to write a book? What is the first step?
I daydream about my ideas. Then I write things down in a sort of “Stream of Consciousness” state. I then refine these so that they will be understandable to others.
If I try to “force” ideas, they don’t come out well. I feel that writing, as well as painting, are enjoyable outlets for me.
If I feel inspired and gratified in this process of creation, I am hopeful that others will also enjoy the fruits that develop from my efforts.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I have enjoyed the classics, such as Shakespeare, and other great literature. Plus I love many well known Fantasy works, such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and the Wizard of Oz books, etc.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes of course.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always enjoyed Fantasy Literature as a child. And even as a young person, I liked to write imaginative stories.
What is your overall opinion of the publishing industry?
I am hopeful for the future of the publishing industry. I know there are a lot of changes going on with it now, because of ePublishing. Hard copy printed books, and book stores, seem to be disappearing. But it is an evolving industry. People of all ages enjoy a good book, and there are many popular themes to choose from for everyone. It is an exciting development to being able to “carry” books around with you, and view them on various devices.
So again, I feel that at this time, there are wonderful opportunities available for book writers and illustrators. Many people in this field are turning to the alternative of self publishing. I am doing this myself with eBooks, even though
I have had some books published in the past as printed books.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am working on several projects simultaneously. My next eBook to come out is entitled “PAINTING FAIRIES AND OTHER FANTASIES”. I’ve been woking on this for several years. It tells about my journey as a developing artist, and also about my painting techniques and philosophy, and how I’ve been influenced by the great Master painters throughout history. I attempt to encourage others to experiment in developing their own artistic painting talents.
Some of my other eBook projects include: an original Fairy Tale for children that I’m writing and illustrating, and an original story about a little rabbit. The others are books of classical poetry, and fairy tales that I’ve illustrated.
Do you ever get tired of looking at words?
No. It’s always a delight to me.
Who designed the covers?
I have done all the original artwork for my covers, and the interior art.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I go over my books quite a few times, looking for mistakes. Often I see quite a few of them. I am always looking for perfection. But I never seem to achieve that aim. And so that is the most difficult part of creating my books.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes. What I learned ~ to my surprise and delight, was that I could write a book!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
You can emulate other writers whose work you love, of course. But I suggest that you also look into your heart to make sure what you write is truly personal. and comes from your soul. I’m not suggesting that your book be autobiographical. But it should be something that you honestly love and were inspired to write.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Enjoy life, and all the wonderful Art that has been created over the Ages. There have been great books, and otherArt forms, which were created years ago. Many of these have stood the test of time, and are still delightful to appreciate today. All of the fantastic worlds of Literature, Music, Painting, Drama etc., are some of the highest creations that Humankind has ever produced. They are inspiring and uplifting to all. So explore the World of Art that you love the most. It will inspire and uplift you to new heights.