I submitted myself for a mini-interview on a blogsite called Infinite House of Books. Not sure if I'll make it, but in case I don't, I wanted to share my answers here:
1. What initially got you interested in writing? I was seven. My second grade teacher Mrs. Newton would give us different writing prompts that we would have an allotted amount of time to do. I always loved dreams up stories and it felt even better getting those stories on to the page. Whether it was writing about a kid who helps Santa save Christmas or how to sneak a polar bear out of the zoo, Mrs. Newton gave us prompts that made me write until my hand gladly hurt.
2. How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author? I've been trying for years to get published the mainstream way. I mean, years. It's a tough game because you have one person speaking for the entire agency/publishing house saying they're not interested. One person, mind you, that typically doesn't provide detailed feedback. I decided to make my novel as strong as possible and self-publish. I haven't looked back.
3. What do you want readers to take away from reading your work? A sense of happiness for one, happiness that they've read something worthwhile. Not only that, but I've tried to write something that, while Science Fiction, is applicable to people in their everyday lives. If I can give them one relatable experience that hits close to home, I will have done my job.
4. What do you find most rewarding about writing? Completion. There's nothing better. Well, twinkies. Twinkies might indeed be better...Seriously, though, I've started about three times as many stories as I have actually completed. It feels great to be a "finisher". When I find myself questioning whether or not I'm good enough to succeed, I have to remind myself that the success was in the completion.
5. What do you find most challenging about writing? Finding the time to write. Work happens. Working out happens. Family happens. Sleep happens. And somewhere in between, I have to find a few drops of time to knock out a page or at least a few paragraphs.
6. What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field? Finish. It is your duty to yourself and potentially the rest of the world. You don't want to wake up and you're however old, wondering what would've happened if I had just sat my butt down in that chair, pushed myself to the limit, and finished.
7. Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? I enjoy wearing graphic tees. Right now, it's vintage X-Men.
8. What are the best ways to connect with you or find out more about your work? Twitter Handle: @PhillipMcSween; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website:www.phillipmcsween.com; Where to Buy the Book: http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-G-L-O-W-Volume-Phillip-McSween/dp/0692225846/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1408679647&sr=8-2&keywords=phillip+mcsween