Siv Maria tagged me in the latest round of platform challenges. Which is great, because I’ve been waiting for someone to officially ask me to play with the other writers. For anyone unfamiliar with Platform Tag, you are asked a batch of questions by one of your fellow bloggers. You answer the questions and then select a predetermined number of other writers to do the same. That encourages people to hop around the various blogs.
I’ve participated in a couple of these before and answered a few questions. However, Siv Maria had been tagged by two people with separate lists of questions and she provided one of her own. Now, I’m a glutton for punishment and don’t mind answering all those questions, but didn’t want to pass along a novel sized Q&A session for the people I tag.
Here is my reduced list:
Q: What is the first story you remember writing?
A: When I was in 6th grade, I wrote a story about an army of insects that declared war on a neighborhood as the first step in their plans for world domination. It was written from the bug’s perspective. (They lost.)
Q: What was your first car?
A: A beat up 67 Chevy pickup that my dad gave to me when he bought a new one. (There’s a story to go with it too.)
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Ice cream. Yum. But I’m not supposed to have it anymore.
Q: Do you write by outlining first, or by the seat of your pants?
A: I’m definitely a plotter. I like to work from a basic elevator pitch and then carefully plot it out; and not just once. I make three passes at the rough story line based on the stages of the story outlined in “The Hero’s Journey”, “Save the Cat”, and “The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing.” That gives me enough information to lay out the chapters and scenes that I want in the book.
Q: Do you use foreshadowing to strengthen your plotline?
A: I try. This is an area in my writing that needs improvement.
Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: Growing up it was Edgar Rice Burroughs. He still is one of my favorites. As an adult I gained an appreciation for Keith Laumer through the Retief series of novels.
However, I think I’m going to change this question a bit for the people I tag. Which author do you most resemble in writing style?
The answer to that is Glen Cook.
Q: What genre do you write?
A: I’m intrigued by angels and devils and the conflict between good and evil. Since I write those stories in modern settings I think that falls into the Urban Fantasy genre. However, I have written various Science-Fiction and Fantasy stories, have outlined a western/romance, plan to work on a holiday screen-play suitable family viewing, and my wife forces me to write children’s stories at Christmas time
Q: What is your all-time favorite character?
A: As much as I hate to nominate one of my own characters for this it would be Dave from my novel “Exit Stage Left.” He is an ex-surfer turned used car salesman who works with his high-school friend to solve crimes in
Q: How often do you post on your blog?
A: When I first started my blog I posted 2-3 times a week. Currently, I only post once a week because I don’t have time to post more often and still get any work done on my WIP. I hope to go back to twice a week soon.
Q: How often do you check your stats?
A: More than I need too. LOL. When I get home from work and then sometimes before I go to bed at night. (Not that they’ve changed that much in a short period of time.)
Q: What influences what you write about?
A: Usually it is whichever project I feel most passionate about when I finish the previous one. Or what my wife tells me to write. (Last year I won the First Chapter contest at LDStorymaker11 and my wife believes I should tackle that story next. And I probably will.)
Q: What is the most important thing that happened to you last year?
A: A lot of things happened; it was a busy year. Still, THE most important of them was the adoption of my sons Nick and Rick.
That’s it. Now, this is the list of people I am tagging to answer the questions above, or make up some of their own: