Hi Richard! Welcome to Zigzag Timeline. How did you get into writing?
What kind of books do you write? Do you consider yourself as being part of a particular genre?
Can you tell us a bit about your book?
My first book is titled, The Angelites - Book One. Before I knew about Self Publishing, this book was about the size of the book, Dracula - about 700+ pages! No editor in the country would touch it, saying it was too long. So, I cut the book in half and finally got a freelance editor to read it over for me. This book is a paranormal-fantasy, with a little touch of horror. Its about a former NYPD Detective, Gina Vasquez, whose has been chosen by heaven-sent warrior angels to lead a group of chosen heroes, known as The Angelites, to save the world from being destroyed by Satan's most powerful army - The Clucifix. In it you see the ruff road she had traveled - the great start of her life to its tragic turn because of a near-death situation, to its triumphant comeback by showing a true act of bravery. It's such a thrill-ride that no reader would want to end!
What's your favorite part about writing?
What do you find the most challenging?
After coming up with the beginning and the ending of my stories, filling in the body is the most difficult part, because sometimes I'm not how I'm going to get from A to B without making it too corny or too complicated. Also, I tend to get kind of wordy with my writing, so a short story can turn into a trilogy, not because I have a lot to say, but I say the same thing over and over. So, editing and knowing my limits is something I'm suffering from, but I'm learning to control it.
If I were to walk in on you while you were writing, what would I see?
You would see someone looking up in the sky and spinning in his chair while lining up his thoughts. I can get so many great ideas at once that I can't jumble it in at once. It needs to flow and be orderly so that it makes sense. So, I write a paragraph, then stop. I go into a zone and picture it in my mind and see if I like where its going. If I like it, then I write it down and go on to the next part.
If you could bring any book character to life, who would it be, and what would you do with them?
What's your opinion on self-publishing versus traditional publishing?
Do you think e-books will ever replace paper books entirely?
Are there any books or authors who have particularly influenced your writing?