With a goal of 35 publications within one year, it seems nothing can stop him!
How many hours a day do you write?
I don’t normally go by hours. I set a daily goal of 2,000 words. If I feel I can do more than that, I keep going. If I need to stop then I stop.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Usually both. On days when I devote my entire day solely to writing, I am usually proud of how much I get done, but by the end of the day, my bed is calling me.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
The internet. Like many other authors, I’ll go online to look up something for a story or a clever word to use in a poem. Next thing I know I’m checking Facebook or watching stupid videos on Youtube.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
It varies. After writing several poetry books, I was asked to be more personal with my poems and I obliged. After that, I was asked if I could write more uplifting or positive poems and I also obliged. Right now, I’m expanding into fiction and I’m just writing in other genres to see if I can write a good story in a specific genre.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Unless they are writing nonfiction or something like analytics, then no.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Things do improve. It takes time (something my younger self will despise) but you will see improvements!
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Last year, I backed a Kickstarter for a comic con near me and my tier was to be a vendor at said comic con. Not only did I make my money back from selling books, but I managed to meet a lot of incredible people, learned a lot about presenting myself to the public, and I did a lot of networking. There were also people there that run other conventions and I was asked to be part of them. Also, you’d be surprised how many people will buy poetry books at comic cons.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
When I was a teenager, I wrote an anti-suicide poem. Little did I know, a friend of mine was having some problems and cried after reading it. That friend is now a husband and father.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I currently have three unpublished books, all planned for release later this year. I managed to release five books in 2018. I know I can release three more this year (I released a novella in February). No half-finished books, but I have several ideas written in my notebook or the notes app in my phone.
Where can readers learn more about you?