With spring in full flow here on the prairie’s, the trees have burst forth with waxy new leaves, the bird’s are busy building nests and evening’s can be spent on the deck. From my writing desk I can view through the front and back of the house onto the acreage so I am surrounded by nature – perfect. Gone are the stark grey and black birch tree trunks of the winter months. Squirrels scamper about, woodpeckers are busy drumming, and butterflies flutter. There are flashes of bushy tails and vibrant wings against the green foliage. The air is full of bird song and croaking frogs with an evening chorus from the coyotes. Life is abundant.
So my happy place is either at my desk with the windows open or on the deck or walking (although the walking has been curbed somewhat with my back problems of late).
As a young child, one of my happy places was actually a small graveyard – bizarre I know, what can I say I was a strange child! I would sit in the quiet stillness underneath a willow tree beside a child’s gravestone. I cannot really explain why I felt so peaceful there but I did. Most of the time I was playing with numerous friends on bicycles, go-karts, building camps in the forest or generally hanging out but sometimes I just needed that peaceful place. Maybe it was because I was the oldest child of four and I wanted some space? Whatever the reason I felt re-charged and calm after visiting my special place.
Now-a-days, I can ‘escape’ into my creative world just as easily and find happiness there but experiencing life is always fun.
I’m delighted to introduce you all to Gary. He is a fantasy author so I welcome him to my blog and hope you all follow him to his!
1. Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
I can’t pick a favorite! I do enjoy minor character goblin named Barguth in my 2 novels. Also, my rogue character Rose has taken on a new life of her own and her personality has emerged in my mind, making her easier to write than the rest of them.
2. Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
Fantasy. Period. I enjoy it more so than any other, especially from a writing standpoint. You are only limited by your imagination. I attempted science-fiction years ago, but it did not have the same flow.
3. Have you got a favorite place to write?
My basement…or at the jersey shore if I can get away. I sometimes write shorthand if I am somewhere and cannot get to the netbook or computer…you know how it is, right? Sometimes the voices just want to get out!
4. What inspires your stories?
Classic fantasy, comic books, playing role-playing games, sometimes mundane life events. It depends. The world is my inspiration.
5. Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
Yes, I have joined a writer’s circle recently entitled Skulldust Circle. A great bunch of speculative fiction authors with an eye toward ‘making it’ in the writing world. We are all successful in regards to becoming writers as soon as we put pen to paper. I write for myself mostly and enjoy it when my writing inspires or touches someone else.
6. What age did you start writing stories/poems?
I was a writer/reader since I could start reading comic books and I was a singer/songwriter/lyricist in the late 80’s/early 90’s.
7. Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?
8. If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?
I’ve already met R.A. Salvatore at GenCon 2011 (and it was awesome), so I suppose meeting George Martin might be a kick. I would have loved to have met Douglas Adams, too, but that is not in the cards. R.I.P., Douglas.
9. Where can readers find you and your blog?
Google me. Seriously. I have a Goodreads page, a Facebook page, a twitter account, I am a member of the Independent Author Network, Skulldust Circle and I can of course be located on Amazon.
10. Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
My friend and peer, Nicholas Titano. He supports my writing, helps me stumble through writer’s blocks and pushes me to be my best.
Creativity is, and I hope, will always be a large part of me. I have experimented with many different types of creative ‘hobbies’ – knitting, crochet, jewelry making, interior décor, collage, pottery – yes the list is large and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. They captured me for a while and I strived to master the more difficult aspects, including advanced knitting! My sweet mother-in-law was always on hand when I had ‘lost’ my count or my place in the intricate pattern. No knit one, purl one for me!
Although I have always been an ardent reader, it never struck me to try my hand at writing. I enjoyed being transported into a story and was happy to be lost there. When I ‘discovered’ Stephen King for the first time with his book, The Stand, my appreciation of story telling changed a thousand fold. I even wrote to the great man – I was that impressed. To my utter delight he wrote back and now his letter is framed and in pride of place beside my writing desk. What more motivation could a writer have?
It would take many years before ‘writing’ became an all consuming passion. Lost amongst marriages, childbirth and child raising, the renovation of several homes, running my own companies and my biggest adventure yet – emigrating to Canada.