"I write because for just a moment, I have your undivided attention, and for just that moment, I can carry you into my world and entertain you."
I have 4 kids, 4 dogs and 4 cats. I’ve never jumped out of a moving airplane or off a bridge, but I do enjoy red wine, a good whiskey, and coffee.
What most people don’t know is that I play the guitar, and was doing a lot of open-mic nights, and looking for gigs. I wrote songs, because I had given up on writing books so many times over the years. To write a book, you have to write about 300 pages, about 80,000 words, and it takes a long time. To write a song, you only have to write a few hundred words, 2 pages, and you can do it over just one bottle of wine.
I can’t speak for other authors, but my heroes are not alter egos of myself. When I write, I some up with a premise first, and then construct a story around that with characters that enrich the story. When I need to add colour to a scene, or make characters and experiences more real, I bring in snippets from people I know and stories I’ve heard. Some of my kids have had cameo roles in some of my scenes. People have shared experiences that end up in some of my stories. Characters are a mosaic, born of different experiences and moments, parts of personalities I’ve seen or encountered.