How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I can tell you exactly where I was when it happened. I was working a second job for additional cash flow, and one day, I started talking to my friend Kevin in the kitchen of the bar that we worked at. He was(and still is) a passionate screenwriter/author extraordinaire so I valued his opinion in regards to hashing out story ideas. I pitched him a scenario I had been mulling over for the previous couple of weeks, and I suggested that he take the outline and run with it for a potential novel of his own. He looked right at me with a curious glare and said ‘Why don’t YOU just write it? You can do it. I know you can. It’s your idea, so create it.’ At the time, I had never thought of it like that before. I guess because I didn’t really think of myself ever going that route. I had only written in the fragmented form of sad bastard, reflective lyrics for my musical ventures prior so the daunting task of putting together a book was frightening to me on an entirely new level. About a year later, I was sitting on my couch, watching the Season Three finale of Bates Motel. It was a rainy Saturday night. For a reason I still cannot explain, I began thinking of what Kevin had said to me back then, his encouraging words to just do the damn thing, and that’s when the opening sentence to what would eventually materialize into my very first completed novel popped right into my head. To her, the glow of the screen was intoxicating. After I wrote that inaugural line, it was off to the races for me. I haven’t looked back on my existence as a person that had perpetually said to himself that he couldn’t do it. On the night of May 23rd, 2015…I became what I never thought I’d become. A writer.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
Over three years ago, I was consuming several novels monthly. E-books and self-publishing were starting to blossom up from the lawn of physical media. One particular book really stood out from all the rest, however. It’s called The Twenty Dollar Bill and it’s by an author by the name of Elmore Hammes. It’s a story that has many characters, with many interesting situations explored within a short frame of reading estate. And yet it all just revolves around that singular piece of green paper that can buy us things. Something so small can connect people in such unique ways. So, without question, that novel inspired me to write flash fiction by how smoothly it was constructed, by how it made you think about life in general, and by how surprisingly cohesive it became in the end. On the television front, you could lump me into the group of generations that have been influenced by the glorious twists and turns of The Twilight Zone. As a kid, that enigmatic series easily captured my imagination more than any other form of media had done so beforehand.
Describe your writing process.
I habitually write every day, whether it’s on a napkin or in a notebook, I find shards of time to jot down any ideas or sentences in any environment. Some days I’m able to get four to five pages of actual content I’m happy with, but even if I only get a few measly lines down, I’m satisfied. Progress is progress. Simple as that! If you go long periods of time where nothing creative is happening, and if you don’t have anything of substance to show for yourself, that’s where it can become a little troubling. I try my best to avoid those certain predicaments. My mind is always running on a full tank when it comes to novelization necessities. I think most people make excuses to not do what they may have a calling for in their lives.You are in control of your own destiny. If you have a burning desire to write, you must adhere to that literary lust. Instead of frequently looking up inconsequential things on your smartphone, try to create something special that others will maybe want to look up one day for themselves to be inspired by and be envious of. That is what drives me, personally. I’m motivated to leave a mark, regardless of how big or small, I just know that it is imperative to leave a piece of me behind for others to discover and enjoy in the future.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
I wrote ‘The Result’ relatively quick. The idea came to me while I was getting ready for work in the morning. I had received an e-mail from a friend in editing the night prior, and she had given me words of encouragement to try my hand here. Once I got to my cubicle, I turned on the computer and chopped away at the short with true focus. In under an hour, I had the first draft finalized. My goal with this story was to entice the reader by the mystery of who the main character was, what their motive entailed, and why exactly they had wanted to go home to be alone. I hope people enjoy it. I intend to write many, many more.
What are you working on now?
I am currently waiting on the front cover artwork for my full-length cautionary tale ‘No Net’ to be completed, and once everything is lined up with that, I am releasing that novel as soon as possible. I worked very hard on the book, and I hope that it shows for readers when they get a chance to consume the effort. In the meantime, I just took part in NaNoWriMo with Brie Beach as a co-writer on the project. We wrote about 62,000 words within the span of thirty days. It was an incredible experience that was also quite educational! That book is titled Our Strands Of Sand with the author handle being filed under NANTEN. It should be out sooner rather than later. I’m also mentally set on crafting several more flash fiction stories that I hope to share with you on this site down the road. Other than all of that, I’m planning on making the year of 2016 count. I have a couple of solo novels planned for the first quarter, as well as another book with Brie that’s in the works. Literately speaking/typing, I love to stay busy.