What made you want to write this book?
Ultimately, it was my love for adventure and pirates that I’ve had since I was a little boy. I grew up on films likePlus, like any creative person I bet, I had to get this story, this creation, this product out of my head onto paper.
Where do you get your storylines from? They sort of just develop in my imagination but in a very large arc. For example, for Of a Great Deep, the idea started with Bo and the endgame in mind. From there, I fleshed out the crew, Captain Fiddick, Jamilah and everything else. Usually I have a theme or mood I want in a storyline (e.g. redemption, acceptance, hope, etc.) and then I look for how best to apply that in the story. I was inspired by a lot of pirate media including Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Sails and Assassin’s Creed 4. I would see ideas each time I watched or read or played the films, books and games and kind of like see alternative options, things that could happen. Usually, those end up on paper.
Was this book easier to write than others? Yes and no!
Why? It was easier because, I hope, every book I write lets me grow as an author. I outline better each time. I write more efficient each time. I can switch styles, word volume, description, etc. So, from that aspect, I had
Do you only write one genre? I tend to always write in fantasy or science-fiction or horror. I have done some children’s books and my collection of anecdotes Black Parakeets Only Hatch in December is about growing up in Indiana is autobiographical…and hilarious!
Do you have a specific place or setting where you write? I have an office at home and I do a TON of writing at Starbucks. It’s the energy, the vibe and flow at my desk and at Starbucks that put me in a very creative zone. I just recently applied feung shui to my desk and I swear that is an openness that gives me a creative boost. I enjoy the coffee shop and the people vibe while I’m there. I encourage every writer and author to find that place for them and keep it sacred and visit it often.
Describe what made you want to be a writer? I love story-telling. I think I was born a writer and just had to find out what that meant. Once I did, I felt and still to this day, feel nothing but absolute freedom and wholeness every time I write. Every single word, page, novel and so on reaffirms that this is who I am.
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