How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
Back in grade school, I loved to read, so it was natural that I would grow to tell and write stories myself. Folks on our block were amused by my neighborhood newspaper, at least until they started to read the gossip column.
Describe your writing process.
I’m a night owl. I guess I can write any time of day, but I’ve always been able to get work done in the wee hours, when I’ve finally put aside all the rest of the day’s cares and distractions. I need a block of time when I won’t be disturbed.
What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?
I love time travel stories, and have always wanted to write one. But “Nolan’s Notebook” started out when, on an hour-long drive to a meeting, I challenged myself to come up with a story idea before I arrived at my destination. I noticed a highway sign — it wasn’t ‘Adopt a Highway’, but something warning about littering. The sign evoked the image of a highway worker walking along with a trash poker, picking up garbage. My first draft of the story was about that guy, who happened to work on the grounds of a high-tech physics lab…
What are you working on now?
Some people in my writer’s group and at Waterline’s Open Mic have heard parts of “The Wind Mill,” a ghost story I started a while back, based on the Swedish kvarns of Öland. But really I need to buckle down and finish revising The Ghost of Jamie McVay.