How Did You Know You Wanted To Be An Author? It started with reading. For as long as I can remember, I read. Whether it was historic America or Europe, Narnia, Middle Earth, or the Four Lands of Shannara, I spent hours of each day of my childhood in the worlds authors had created. By the time I was 12, my Mother had read us A Tale of Two Cities, The Hobbit, Les Miserables, and Where the Red Fern Grows to us, among many, many others. Those experiences instilled in me a desire to create something that moved me like they did.
What Is Your Advice For Aspiring Authors? Why is having an editor is important? In my mind there resides a fully fleshed out fantasy world filled with characters with their own separate histories. All the detail imaginable about the novel is in my head. The hard part, for me is to communicate what is in the mind to paper in such a way as to draw the reader into that world and experience it. Though the editing was painful at times, it ensured that my view of the novel’s world was translated for the reader.
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