FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will you read my manuscript and tell me what you think?
Could you help me get published/find an agent?
Do you write anything other than fantasy/fiction/novels?
Why did you become a writer?
Where do you get your ideas?

 

1) WILL YOU READ MY MANUSCRIPT AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK?

Regrettably, I have to turn down any offers to look at scripts and manuscripts due to time contraints from the full schedule I have working on various projects and related matters. This doesn't mean you can't find some people to give you a fair review such as a local college English or literature professor, as well as swapping the work with other local authors for their own critique. Often there is at least one writing group in the area besides the many online who might be willing to give some feedback. Also, many community centers and/or colleges offer writing workshops or creative writing courses which could not only help hone some skills, but provide an audience for evaluating your work.

 

2) COULD YOU HELP ME GET PUBLISHED/FIND A PUBLISHER/AGENT?

The best I can do is steer you in the direction of The Writer's Market and Publisher's Weekly for help in a publisher search. You should be able to find both in your local library and just about any major book store. The Writer's Market also has a blog you might find helpful. For finding agents you can try The Guide to Literary Agents (also in most libraries and bookstores) and their blog. You can also check out AgentQuery for additional listings.

 

3) DO YOU WRITE ANYTHING ELSE BESIDES NOVELS/FICTION AND/OR FANTASY?

Yes, I also write comic and graphic novels in addition to short stories and novellas. I also have written work in the YA, sci-fi, and science-fantasy genres.

 

4) WHY DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?

Since I was twelve I knew I wanted to be a writer and a creator of things in a larger sense. In time I discovered, much to my delight, that I wasn't too bad at making up stories. It was making them good stories others would want to read that became the ongoing focus. I guess, in a simple sense, I really enjoy creating things and found one of the easiest ways to do this is by creating your own world and having the ability to share events as they occur. Since those early days it's developed into an interesting venture I don't see myself leaving any time soon.

 

5) WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?

Ideas can and do come in a variety of ways. Sometimes I'll have a scene in my mind that develops into a story. Other times some aspects of the day to day life and world blend together into something different and interesting worth pursuing. An occasional "what if" question can also get things rolling. And then there are occasions where I'll engage in an old fashion brainstorming session of just writing down ideas, concepts, and other things that can sometimes congeal into more viable options.

Of course, I'd be amiss if I didn't share I believe God has a huge hand in sending ideas my way and even shaping them in the process of development. And I'd be lying if I didn't give him the credit for the process. I know my own limitations and so anytime I exceed them it's wise to acknowledge it.




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