Series: The Rusty Diamond Trilogy (Book One)
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What is your favorite quote? “The menu is not the meal.” -- Alan Watts. I think if Watts was still alive he’d say this holds true whether the menu is on paper or on an e-reader.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Nothing too original, unfortunately. The most obvious pieces of advice tend to be the most useful. Try to write every day, or at least five days a week. Set a requirement for a full day’s work that seems manageable (a thousand words isn’t a bad place to start) and make it a point to reach that benchmark every time you sit down to write. Even if you don’t think the material you’re producing on a given day is usable, there may be some germ of a good idea that emerges simply from hammering words onto the page. You might often be surprised to revisit material you didn’t think would ever survive the first round of editing, only to find it’s better than you remembered. The chance of being pleasantly surprised alone is sufficient reason to keep writing even when you’re not feeling enthusiastic about that day’s work.
Which writers inspire you? Anyone who can make a living by writing the kind of material they truly enjoy is an inspiration. My own reading tastes lean heavily toward fiction, but I’m not too choosy about genre. I admire pretty much any writer capable of creating a compelling narrative with characters whose company I’m grateful to share while reading.
Do you have a favorite snack/drink while you write? My day doesn’t really start without coffee, so whenever I’m writing in the morning I’ll have a mug handy. The book I’m currently working on takes place in New Orleans, so I’ve been drinking chicory coffee from Cafe de Monde (a NOLA institution) to help conjure some local flavor.
Do you write in silence or do you have background noise? It varies. Sometimes music can help trigger ideas, especially if it shares some connection to what is being written (like being from the same era or location of the story). Other times silence feels like the best accompaniment.
If you met the characters from MISDIRECTION do you think you would be friends or foes? Well, it would depend of which character. There are definitely some people in MISDIRECTION I would never want to meet in real life. As for my protagonist, Rusty Diamond, I’m not sure how well we would hit it off. He’s pretty rough around the edges, not the easiest guy to get along with. But he almost always does the right thing, even if not always for the right reasons. Plus he’s a master magician, so he brings a lot of entertainment value to the table. I think it would be interesting to meet him, but I doubt we would become close friends. Maintaining a purely literary relationship seems like a better way to go.