What is the title of your class?
What’s one thing you hope your students will take away from the class?
The ability to see the essential elements and overall structure of a story—what must be there for fiction to work.
What sorts of writers will you be reading/assigning in class? Why?
We will read each other’s work—the best way to learn to write is to do it, get feedback, and revise.
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Yes, through Facebook.
Are any of your works online and available to the public?
The first chapter of my new novel is on my website. Most of my books are available at Amazon, or in (alas) pirated versions on-line. Wattpad has a free novella.
What’s your teaching philosophy?
Write, listen to feedback, write again … in an atmosphere that is constructive but still honest. A writing class is a shortcut to technique that otherwise must be acquired solely through trial-and-error (instead of only partially that way).
What advice do you have about getting into the habit of writing regularly?
Schedule your writing sessions and treat the schedule with as much importance as if it were a dinner out with friends.
What are you working on right now? Where did the idea come from?
A novel concerned with both family and ecology. The idea comes from concern over the fate of this planet.
What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?
“Crystal.” It sounds fragile, musical, and precious.
Let’s talk writing inspiration—what’s the No. 1 thing that drives you to write?
A love of stories. Number two: I make my living as a writer, and the rent must be paid!