DFP: What advice do you have for aspiring writers who are just starting out?
Me: DO IT! Seriously. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never written before, or if you’re a poor speller. Get your story down on paper. Also, find yourself a writing group where you can commune with other writers. Check your local public library. If there isn’t a writing group, start one yourself.
DFP: Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write it?
Me: My main character, Maghrurio, is just a regular guy drifting through a fantasy world that gets swept up in things much bigger than he can imagine. He’s in way over his head and has to figure things out on the fly, screwing up mightily along the way. In some ways it’s a metaphor for my own foray into writing, except I chose my path while he did not 🙂
My inspiration is partly from a vivid dream I had one night that stuck with me for months, and partly from a random thought I had involving the mentor archetype trope. It finally galvanized when I realized that wishing to be published was pointless if I didn’t actually try to be published.
DFP: What’s something surprising or unexpected that your readers might not know about you?
Me: Taking inspiration from the late actor Christopher Lee, I re-read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings every year.
DFP: What are your hobbies and interests outside of writing, and how do they influence your work?
Me: I’m an avid baseball fan and lover of music, both listening and playing. Unfortunately, both of these tend to interfere with my writing.