10 questions. Ready. Set. Go.
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. There isn’t much there and Liberty University basically control any and everything about our town. Raised just down the road from there until I 10. After the age of 10 I basically lived out of a suitcase (my parents are divorced) until I went to college. College is the most stable home I can ever remember being in considering that it was VMI. I was schooled at Rustburg High School and Central Virginia Governor’s School. I moved on to my undergraduate school at the Virginia Military Institute. Graduate studies were completed at Keiser University.
2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?
When I was twelve, I wanted to be a mortician. Dead people don’t talk nor do they bother me in the least bit. At eighteen, I was leaning toward commission in the United States Marine Corps, but that did not pan out. And I have not reached thirty yet.
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
That my body was indestructible. Wrong. I have experienced a lot of injuries since then that prove quite the opposite.
4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development?
Um. I’d have to say Prozac Nation, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I can’t think of a number three.
5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write?
Because I need to brain dump my thoughts or I’ll stay awake constantly thinking.
6. Please tell us about your latest blog…
Well I only have one (this one), and I see it has my raw, un-masked self. You may not like what you see, but that’s me and I don’t care.
7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?
That they too can live life boldly and by the sit of their pants without a care in the world.
8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?
Stephen King. Who else can really write like him and appear normal? James Patterson.
9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?
To write 365 posts in 365 days. Once I reach that goal, I’ll make others.
10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?
Write what you feel and what you know. Never pretend to be someone on paper that you are not. Your readers will know.