1. Tell us a little about Storytelling, what inspired you to write Royal Ferdinand? I have a passion for children, young adults, the middle class, the retirement croud (Oldest ‘kids’) My work is all age-appropriate.
2. Do you have a favorite character you have written? I thought no one would ever ask: “Invisibug, Unsung Hero, Private Eye”.
3. What are you currently working on? 8 books for a Grandmother for Christmas and for her Grandchildren. One is not born yet, but she wants “Royal Ferdinand” for this child.
4. How long have you been writing? What influenced you to start? I’ve been writing since the age of 15. I began by penning poems. The thing that put a fire under me was the breakup of my parents. I found writing put a positive spin on life and my attitude.
5. How do your family/friends feel about your writing? They are all supportive. They were suprised how quickly things began to take off for me once I applied myself to begin submitting my work to various magazines and other venues.
6. Where do you hope to be in 5 years? I hope to be known well enough by then as a storyteller, that folks begin contacting me to speak. It has been me doing all the cold calling on them. Soon I will be able to see calls for my work finding their own way to me. I hope to have a few books under my belt and published also.
7. Do you have any advice for new or aspiring author? Do not think that as you start to see your first work published that you can then sit back and expect work to start heading your way. It won’t until a good amount of folks have not only read your work, but like it, and will follow you. That is the measure of success; the following more than the number of readers.
8. What is your favorite book? (one that you have read) and why? I can’t think of a favorite book, but many short stories read in Junior High seemed to inspire me to also share short tales. Most of what I have had published (Paying gigs) were my short stories that are short character-driven stories. Oops, I do have a couple favorite books: The Red Badge of Courage and The Scarlet Letter. Both books led me into the lives and heads of the main characters. Though both were fiction, I cared about what was happening to these unreal people.
9. On the fun side, what is your favorite television show and why? Much of the great writing that was applied to “The Heat of the Night” allowed the listener to hear things that were not spoken, but I knew what was going on in the heads of the main characters, that I took a major liking to. They all seemed real in the roles they were cast in. Anything I watch that stirs my emotions or gets me up out of my chair, I enjoy participating in. It’s like when my favorite sports team is coming from behind to win the game! LOL
10. Where can readers find you ? (Include all links you want, facebook, twitter etc....) www.cnyartists.com/profile/DonFord81