1. Who are you? What do you do? I’m Charles, and I’m a writer. Love the softball questions. Have you ever seen the movie Anger Management? Remember the scene where Jack Nicholson asks Adam Sandler to tell him about himself. Adam Sandler starts listing off a bunch of superficial qualities. He says “No, tell us who you are.” No matter what Adam Sandler says it’s not the right answer. That’s what I think of when I ask myself that question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-GV46SUcWs. Does that say anything about me?
2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? I do EVERYTHING ELSE but write and wait for that moment until I can do NOTHING ELSE but write. I don’t eat, I don’t sleep, I’m nourished by coffee and cigarettes. I do nothing but write until the wee hours of the morning until the sun comes up. Then I have to consciously force myself to eat a meal and pass out. Then I wake up and do it all again, having far too much in my mind that needs to come out to sleep any longer than 2 or 3 hours. I repeat this daily until all that inspiration is spent, then I wait for it to happen again. Could last days, could last weeks, could last months, and the wait in between is the same. I know… this all sounds very unhealthy and draining, but it’s the greatest feeling I know in this life when it happens.
3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers? Passion. I think that’s it. You don’t have to be published or sell a lot of books to be a writer. If you write, you’re a writer. If you love it, you live it.
4. What motivates you to write? Sometimes I have too many thoughts floating in my head, and my only relief comes from putting them on paper.
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I don’t really force myself to write when I don’t feel it, so no. I just wait till the inspiration comes. Once it does there is no such thing as writer’s block.
6. Do you have any advice for other writers? Breath. Take it one day at a time. I write for the joy of it, so I can’t really give advice on how to do it any other way. Now publishing, that’s a different story. Google is your friend! Research, research, research. Everything you need to know can be found. Don’t rush the process and put your book out as quickly as you figure out it’s as simple as uploading it to CreateSpace or KDP or whatever platform you choose. Read up on what other authors have to say and what they recommend you do before publishing. There are many advantages to planning your release carefully, so don’t rush it and do the research.
7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it? The message is to be you and don’t let society define you. Find what makes you happy and go for it. There are no rules to YOUR happiness. Only you make the rules.
8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? That I can actually write a book LOL. I couldn’t imagine spending that much time and actually developing a full-length novel. It came out of nowhere. I honestly don’t take credit and give all credit to the muse.
9. What are your current/future projects? I want to help others get their work out. I’m currently going back to school to learn the ins and outs of publishing so I can help others share their writing with the world.
10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing? This’ll sound weird but Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. It was the first book I was ever in love with. I read through it so many times I had a good chunk of the poems memorized, even the long ones. It made me value reading and books. They weren’t just things I got from school that equaled homework.
11. Is there any other information you want to share? The new edition of A Thin Line Between Love and Lust will be out Nov. 24th
Author Website: http://amazon.com/author/c.e.long