What got you interested in writing?
I have always been a writer. From 5 years old, I was writing stories. I took a break during the dark years of middle and early high school, mostly just writing extreme-emo poetry when the angst struck me. But in my early twenties I came to find my identity as a writer. Through some trial and error during college major swapping, a couple semesters off to hitchhike and live on yoga communities, and some really special existential crises/soul searching, I realized that writing is my deepest desire, the thing I would rather do than anything else. This realization started a whole series of other problems, but that’s another tale.
Tell us a little about your chosen genre.
I can’t and won’t choose one genre, it goes against my being. At the moment, I’m working on a memoir of my travels, hitchhikes and weird spiritual journey. Last spring I was working on a sci-fi/fantasy manuscript about Lucifer, the cast of hell and the true nature of the universe. I write flash fiction, short stories, essays, poetry and children’s books. And I love them all, to give any up in favour of another genre would be like giving up an organ or limb of my body.
What are your happiest memories in your writing career?
I remember the first piece I ever had accepted to a literary journal. It was the first time I received validation that I actually wrote something that someone thought was worth reading. When my book of flash fiction was picked up by a small press I was in complete shock, trying to figure out if it was real.
How do you handle success and failure?
I try to take both with equanimity. Truth be told, I dwell in the failures more than the successes and this is probably not the healthiest solution. I am trying to give myself more credit and affirmation for my successes when they come. It’s a work in progress.
What makes you write when you’re exhausted and your fingers ache?
I have no good answer for this. I just keep writing because I want to, I need to, and if I didn’t those aching fingers, that exhaustion, that emptiness would only get worse.
What is your advice to young and new writers?
Write, read and revise, repeat ceaselessly. The revision, I think, is what most new writers ignore, I know I did. And then try and find a writing group, seek out fellow writers and get their feedback, and give feedback. Do everything you can as a writer to hone your own craft, but don’t forget that you need others to view your work from their lens if you are going to bring out the best in your work.
Are you a traditionalist or a digital? (paper or eBook)
I am usually a traditionalist, but I don’t hold hard to it. When possible I always prefer the feel of paper in my hands, but I love audiobooks, I’ll read comics and graphic novels online, and my Kindle is the best creation ever when I am traveling.
Do you blog?
I tried to once, not sure if it’s for me. If I had more than 5 people reading my blogs it might give me more incentive.
Do you self-publish?
I have self-published four children’s books. It was a great learning experience and I enjoyed the process, but I don’t think I’d do it again.
If you have a publication or promotion – tell us.
I have a collection of flash fiction out, Rain Check, which you can get in print, e-book, or audiobook (I especially love the audiobook).
I run a podcast for writers and artists called Rocky Mountain Revival Audio Art Journal. Check out the website or find it on your favorite podcast app.