Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.
I am a writer from Melbourne, Australia. I write in many different genres. Other than writing, I enjoy sleeping and dreaming. Dreams are an important source of inspiration for me and many of my stories have had their origins in dreams. Dreams give me the initial idea for a story or for the outline of a story and I then work further to turn those ideas into complete stories.
What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!
My story, titled “The Day Death Died” is exactly about what its title says: its subject matter is the death of death and how mankind deals with that situation.
Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology?
I think that I heard about the anthology through a website that posts info about publications looking for submissions. When I read the submission guidelines for the On Loss anthology, I thought that my story “The Day Death Died” might be a good fit, and I am happy that the editors thought so too.
Actually, this story is one of a trilogy. The other two in the trilogy are “The Day Internet Died” and “The Day God Died”.
What else have you written or are you most proud of?
I have written millions of words since I became creative at the age of 13/14. What I have shared with the world is just an infinitesimal percentage of what I have in my handbooks.
I don’t know if “pride” is a word that would accurately describe my feelings about my writings. I am never completely satisfied with my writings and I never rest on my laurels. Whatever I achieve and whatever my accomplishments are in the writing field, I am always looking for achieving something better and higher. And I don’t think that this attitude will ever change, no matter what I might achieve in the future.
Also, at one time, when I did start to feel proud of my work, I found that my head became too big to fit when walking through doors and corridors, and so I had to start walking sideways. So, now, for the sake of walking normally, I try not to feel proud.
What is your current work in progress?
At the moment I am working on several books, so that takes up a lot of my time and energy.
Apart from the books, there’s the issue of experiencing what I call “a writer’s flood”, which is the exact opposite of a writer’s block, for I am constantly being inundated by new ideas for stories, poems, fables, parables, vignettes, etc.
As a result, I have a backlog of years of ideas that I haven’t had the chance to work on and expand into full stories, poems, etc as yet. So this backlog of material exerts constant pressure on me too, demanding that I give it time and attention.
So my plate is always overflowing and it is a constant challenge trying to stop it from spilling over into other areas of my life, as well as possibly ruining my shirt and pants.
What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?
My writings are not limited in style or genre: I write (amongst other things) fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, psychology, spiritual pieces, short stories, vignettes, micro-fiction (including 6 word stories), humorous articles, surrealism, sci-fi, aphorisms, parables, fables, poetry, travel writing, stories that have been inspired by dreams, ekphrastic stories that have been inspired by imagery, song parodies and film scripts.
The only thing that I have never attempted to write is novels, and I don’t think that it’s something that I will ever try to write.
Do you self-publish, traditionally publish or both?
Traditional publishing is my preference. I have not done any self-publishing.
What’s your favorite genre of books to read?
I read hundreds of books each year and usually read many books at the same time. I am a big fan of public libraries and pretty much read the whole range of the Dewey Decimal Classification, from the books in 000s to the books in the 900s. I particularly enjoy reading books about history, language, science, music, biographies, general knowledge and trivia. You could say that I am a literary omnivore, indiscriminately devouring knowledge from a wide spectrum of books. There is, however, one category of books that I almost never read. For a number of reasons, I have pretty much stopped reading fiction many years ago and it is very, very rare for me to read fiction nowadays. So, with very few exceptions, all of my reading consists of non-fiction books.
What advice would you offer new writers
Keep writing, keep writing, keep writing! The development and finding of your own unique voice doesn’t come overnight – it can be a long and painful process. It’s very easy to become discouraged and disenchanted, to lose self-belief and feel like giving up altogether.
So I’d like to offer this little rhyme that I wrote as a kind of inspirational mantra for writers to use:
Write dear writer
try and try
and your words
will reach the sky
Leave us with a favorite quote!
Listen to your Inner Self and follow its voice, for when you go against it, you are battling against the whole Universe, and when you follow it, the whole Universe is behind you, supporting your endeavours.