Q: Tell us something that is unique about your writing style.
A: I don’t really have just one style. Because I write stories in almost all genres, my style often changes according to the genre of the story or what the mood or the theme of the story dictates. For example, my literary style of writing, also varies, depending on the subject.
Q: How do you keep yourself motivated in the midst of cumbersome and repetitive work?
A: Writing is hard work, no doubt, but I never find it cumbersome or repetitive. Writing is like music, each story is a distinct tune. If my work was repetitive I would never get published as often as I do. You can’t be repetitive and original at the same time.
Q: Do you read reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A: Yes, I do read reviews. I take in what is written in the review, mull it over, and then continue on. In all honesty I’ve never gotten a bad review, except if you count rejection letters from editors who state they didn’t like what I submitted as types of reviews. But rejection is part of the writing game. Not everyone is going to like what you write.
Q: What are common traps for aspiring writers on social media?
A: Unfortunately too many aspiring writers take advice from others on social media who have no legitimate background in writing. The rule for all aspiring writers should be “Trust your own judgment and never listen to anyone who has less experience as a published writer than you have.”
Q: How do you decide what topic/subject to write on?
A: That’s an easy one: the publications tell you what topic/subject they are looking for stories about.
Q: What advice do you have for writers?
A: There is different advice for the different levels of writer experience, but for all writers, I advise them to read as much as they can, read works in all genres, and read to learn story structure, not to copy the style of another writer. There was already a Hemmingway. He doesn’t need to be copied.