So, who is this guy? He has several published works in print, but is there anything else we should know? Who’s his favorite character on ‘Game of Thrones?’ What are his thoughts on self-publishing? Are there other questions you’d like to ask?
10/17 Dave asks; What exactly is self publishing?
Self publishing is the publication of any media by its author without involving an established publisher. The author has complete control of all aspects of the process and can sometimes choose to outsource parts of it like artwork or formatting. Amazon.com and Lulu.com have ways to help authors do this. I do not self publish.
10/17 Brandon Asks; What is your favorite issue of a comic book?
It’s no secret that I love comic books. In fact I wanted to be a writer/artist during my teenage years. I collect and read anything I can get with Spider-man, but my favorite comic book character is The Shadow. What may surprise you is that my favorite single issue is neither Spider-man or The Shadow; it’s Action Comics #775, that’s right, it’s a Superman book. Joe Kelly tells an incredible yarn in 39 pages called What’s so funny about Truth, Justice, &The American Way? The book was published in March of 2001, at a time in my life when I was struggling with morality and how it related to being an American. It involves a new group of heroes called The Elite that were created just for this book, but did go on to become part of the DCU. These new heroes are more efficient than Superman, but they lack his sense of morality. I reread it often. You should look for a copy.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been coming up with stories most of my life. In high school it was all comic books, and then I kind of stopped when I was in paramedic school in ’03. I started up again around 2012 when I started having physical problems and had to stop working Emergency Medicine. I couldn’t do very much with visual arts anymore, but I needed to be creative. I started taking it seriously a short time later when I found a great group and was getting published.
What group is that you are referring to?
Where I live…in Berlin, New Hampshire, there are so many talented and creative people. You wouldn’t know it to be here, because we still haven’t recovered from the economic problems of the 1990’s; paper mill closures and such. However, we are having an artistic renaissance; we now have farmers’ markets and the like…but I digress. Can I say “digress”? Does it sound snooty? I don’t care. What were we talking about? Oh yeah, the Berlin Writers’ Group. When I first started writing, I was approached by a small group of people who wanted to meet weekly. There was already a monthly group, but that wasn’t often enough to keep me on task as a writer. With a weekly group, I have to have something to present every Tuesday. It keeps me from taking long breaks. People in our group have a “bad habit” of getting published, and I soon became one of those people. Several other people in the group had already been published or have been published since, either traditionally or through self-publishing. I may give you some of their names, if they give me permission…so check back :).
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I like the idea of it a lot. I have several self-published books in my collection, which are wonderful and written by some good friends of mine. But… you knew there was a ”but” coming, didn’t you? It’s just not for me. I’m not as able as most to go to conventions, markets and places like that. I can’t go up to some random person, start talking about my book and give them a sales pitch. I don’t like asking people for money; it’s not who I am. It’s not a morality thing, I’m just bad at it. I can pitch to publishers though. I want them to pay me.
Who is your favorite character on “Game of Thrones”?
I really like the Tyrion Lannister story as well as the Arya Stark story, but whenever Lord Varys shows up, he just owns it. He’s definitely my favorite, which is odd, because I really didn’t like him at first.
Daphne or Velma?
Velma. Absolutely Velma.
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