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SW: What are you working on next?
WM: My 2nd book and a new screenplay "The Invisible Empire."
SW: Who are your favorite authors?
WM: Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Tom Clancy, H. G. Wells.
SW: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
WM: To reach my goals and continue to keep fighting for my dreams.
SW: When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
WM: I spend my time assisting others in personal training and consulting independent sports entertainment companies.
SW: How do you discover the ebooks you read?
WM: Searching for new material often.
SW: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
WM: Yes, when I was 14 I wrote a "Goonies" type story (laughing), don't really recall the title.
SW: What is your writing process?
WM: Well, I organize my thoughts on scratch paper, take a notebook pad and begin a hand written draft letting thing unfold.
SW: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
WM: I remember reading the play "East Of Eden" and was so blown away by it, it made me not only want to become an actor but a writer as well.
SM: How do you approach cover design?
WM: I let the material I write determine the design.
SW: What are your five favorite books, and why?
WM: 5 favorite books? There are so many I enjoy I'll be writing all night giving the names and explanation of why. (laughing)
SW: What do you read for pleasure?
WM: I love Bios of famous people and motivation books.
SW: What is your e-reading device of choice?
WM: My laptop.
SW: What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
WM: Social Media has been really helpful but I am currently checking into other avenues.
SW: Describe your desk
WM: Messy. (laughing)
SW: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
WM: Grew up on the north side of Chicago, and living in the area was a heavy influence in terms of material. People I grew up with were characters and had great stories.
SW: When did you first start writing?
WM: I starting writing and acting in 1987. I co-wrote my first screenplay in 1991.
SW: What's the story behind your latest book?
WM: Well, after returning to the states from Kuwait, I decided to sit down and write down all my experiences of online dating which morphed in to what it is now.
SW: What motivated you to become an indie author?
WM: Simply(?) I love to write and create.
SW: How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
WM: By giving me a platform in which to apply my craft.
SW: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
WM: Creating a world beyond this one that we dwell in.
SW: What do your fans mean to you?
WM: Without the fans, I wouldn't be able to create a world for them to get lost in reading my material.
|Posted by willabdulghaffar on September 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
When writing the book "Surviving The Game," I thought it was not only healthy to write that particular subject matter, it was also therapeutic to a certain degree as well. Finding love, commitment, total fidelity in this age is few and far between. With the uprising of social media, dating sites having what was once sacred like trust between two people in a relationship could be easily broken due to giving in to temptations. In my opinion I feel that nowadays it's rare to see couples that have gone the distance and the way we communicate now is no longer human interaction, it's all about texting, & chatting, and less about communicating face to face. I know many of you are thinking "What wrong with that?", I find a lot wrong with it because we now depend on technology to do everything for us including breaking up with someone via text or chat or worse(?), on a facebook post, which to me shows the sign of a coward. We need to have more human interaction again and face to face meetings because I think just chatting online doesn't make you a real couple unless you are both to busy to see each other often but even this will not work for the long haul due to trust issues coming up eventually. In order for REAL relationships to work, we have to start by communicating with each other again one on one, not letting a text, chat, post, or any of that to do the talking for us.