Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a writer, visual artist, and sound artist living in Florida. I have print books published by Villard and Tor, novel excerpts published in the Chicago Review, stories published in many magazines, my images have appeared in numerous magazines and web-sites, I won the Toray Digital Art Grand Prize, and my music vids have been called some of the trippiest, most creative ever.
I have written 40 books, plus some short stories.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
THE SIZE OF THE SKY. I depend on self-inspiration, not external. I wanted to write a book for smart teens that would also appeal to adults
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Writing is just another type of art. It's easy for me. That's not a boast, but an observation. I consider myself very fortunate in that regard. If I don't feel like writing, I'll do some other form of arting: photography, digital art, video, sound. It's all the same.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Samuel Beckett, Robert Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak, R. A. Lafferty
What are you working on now?
I'm revising an older novel to make it the best piece it can be.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
To tell the truth, I have yet to find the one that stands out as best. I'm still looking.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
First, read more. More than that. Read what you haven't read before, read books and plays and poetry that are unfamiliar to you. Then, ask yourself why you want to be a writer. Because you want to do something pretty much like the last something you read and enjoyed? Because you can add to the world of expression and understanding? Because you grasp that the word "literature" wasn't coined by authors who have created the most vital and valuable writings of their eras, but by their admirers? Because you wanna make a buck? The most important thing I can say is this: If you are truly a writer, you were born a writer. It has nothing to do with publishing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Who are you to be giving other people advice?"
What are you reading now?
I can't read and write at the same time. You know what I mean.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More of the same. That doesn't mean I'm in a rut.
What is your favorite book of all time?
A book I read as a child about being lost in the woods and finding yourself. It was one of the first books I read, and I can't remember the title. Perhaps that's for the best.
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