It was my desire to scare readers that prompted and inspired me to write. As well as my love for stories and wanting to write something that no one else had.
Coming to a fork in the road is what inspired me. At that time I basically became a walking dead man. Prison had hardened me. This ornery environment suffocates dreams and kills all hope. I sat in my cell one day wanting more, needing more. I just didn't know how. But the next question will
Writing has always come easily to me ever since I began studying journalism in college. I was a newspaper reporter, journalism professor, and editor of national newsletters before I turned to fiction.
The desire to share, to educate and shock and help make the world a better place.
My mom and teachers in youth. In later years, beautiful language and life-changing stories whether from movies, songs, articles, or books.
I grew up loving anti-heroes. To me, flawed characters who makes mistakes is so much more real than a shiny version of the same character. Because, let’s face it, we all make mistakes. We all struggle with our own demons.
My fiction heroes are my biggest inspiration. Ever since I was able to read, I have read everyday. I would visit the library every Saturday morning to get armloads of books, Judy Blume and Laura Ingalls Wilder were my favorites.
I didn't start out trying or wanting to write satire. I don't think I knew what it was. I just wanted to create things that were funny. Over the years at The Onion, because of the culture of continual improvement there, the other writers and I discovered satire, realizing it was the most satisfying and
Claiming that her beloved Black & White movies were too boring, I said I could do better (actually, I just wanted to watch Mighty Mouse - but that's another story). Anyway, she marched me to the drugstore, bought some pads and a box of pencils, sat me down in the living room, and said, "Prove