What tools do you write with?
I write and organize in Scrivener. When I only have my phone available, I write in Google Drive with a Bluetooth keyboard (Logitech Keys to Go). I back up to both locations; one local, one in the cloud. I also have a wall of Post-it scenes that desperately needs to be rearranged.
What equipment do you photograph with?
Right now I’m using two Nikon D70s cameras on a dual holster strap. My go-to lenses are the Nikon 35 mm f/1.8 and the Nikon 80-200 mm f/2.8. Both are low-light lenses that allow me to shoot without flash in restricted environments. On the other end of the spectrum, I have a portable lighting studio in a roller bag. I actually downsized from a D90 to a D70s on purpose; one of the reasons is to have access to 1/8000 max sync speed with MPEX translators and audio headphone jack cable. I love dabbling in Strobist-style lighting, but my most popular request from assignments is to not use flash in different venues (auditoriums, factories, museums, etc).
I’m stalking Sigma 17-50 mm f/2.8 lenses on eBay. I sold my old wide angle kit lens and have had to pull out my Samsung Galaxy S5 in a pinch.
Do you photograph engagements / weddings / senior portraits / family photos?
No. Photography is my hobby, a pleasant break from the stress of career and bills. Tourism photography is the niche that allows me to be involved in, and promote, my community. For portraits, I recommend Christie Jacobs (Kokomo) and Michael Trace (Bloomington).
My clients are usually marketing directors, realtors, or promoters. If you are a Kokomo-area organization trying to showcase your services or events, I bring the studio to you.
What books are you working on?
Eye of a Thousand Ills is book one of my planned Kandrishti trilogy. (Eye of a Thousand Ills, Close as the Crow Flies, The Heart of Kandrishti) This trilogy is set in my Urnverse. The world of Urn repeats long-term cycles of rebirth and death. Magic (old nature animism) goes away as the world ages, then comes back when the world refreshes to its source. Is that a cheat code for me to write fantasy or sci fi at whim, while jumping around different eras, yet claiming they are all interconnected? Perhaps. But I’d like to think there are connecting threads.
Kintsukuroi Was Here is a story about a 200-year old samurai in the future augmented with bionic parts. Despite his technological extensions, Kintsukuroi is dying and searches for a cenote of youth that is guarded by a temple goddess who experiences frequent lightning strikes. This book is more allegorical and the events occur further along the Urn timeline.
I have other short and long story projects close to the vest, for now. My story seedlings have been stored and incubated for five to ten years. There is no shortage of material, only time.
What are your favorite stories?
The Blue Bottle and The Fog Horn by Ray Bradbury. All That You Love Will Be Carried Away by Stephen King. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. The Thieves’ World anthology by Robert Asprin et al.
Will you talk more about your paramedic job?
Probably not. My career is challenging and satisfying, but everything has a season and rules to follow. In short, it is a job that demands trust between patients and caregivers; trust and privacy go hand in hand. I need another five years in Emergency Medical Services while I build a writing backlist.
What music do you listen to when being creative?
Nine Inch Nails, Atmosphere, Serj Tankian, Carly Commando, Zack Hemsey. I make a Spotify playlist for each story. Plus there are several ambient sites I tune in to (coffee shop chatter and clatter, train station, rain, bonfire, cafe).
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Can I be your friend on Facebook, NaNoWriMo, etc?
Sure. If it’s our first time meeting, just include a note with the request.