You have disappeared for the better part of a year! What have you been up to?
You're right. I don't really know quite what happened, but I pretty much abandoned social media - facebook and twitter - and decided to be more present in my day-to-day life. I have a 5 year old daughter and I felt as though writing books was taking up a lot of my time and energy from something that I only have the pleasure of doing once. Writing and living often clash, and I thought that maybe my lines were starting to get blurry.
I also got into better physical shape. Writing is a time consuming and often sedentary activity. Combined with apathy towards exercise and diet, I had been at my all-time high in terms of weight. You know things are bad when you have trouble putting your socks on in the morning. So, I started running. In fact, I focused on it so much that I trained for and ran the NYC Marathon, going from not being able to run a half-mile in December, 2013, to running the full marathon in November, 2014. It has become a great focus of mine and I feel that running marathons is a great way to teach my daughter the lessons of perseverance and hard work, while promoting my own good health and well-being.
Have you gotten soft on us?
I don't know. Maybe. What I have learned about myself over the past few years is that I have a very distinct view of the world. Often times that view clashes with mainstream thought and ideals. I am not the kind of person who enjoys preaching, nor do I like arguing. I generally keep quiet when people around me discuss politics. But occasionally I am goaded into the discussion or I try to politely play devil's advocate. This never seems to work well for me in the end. I feel like I try to open people's eyes - not necessarily by pushing my views, but by asking them questions and trying to get them to follow the logic themselves. Let's just say, I was no fun at parties. In fact, I've been known to ruin a few.
Where is the third installment to the Liberty series?
I really have no answer for this. I had an ending in mind and tried to write it multiple times, but it never quite got moving in the direction I wanted it to go. I have not given up on it, nor do I think "writer's block" is a good excuse. That being said, I've felt the need to get to work on some new projects. Perhaps that will get my creative juices flowing.
What are these new projects?
Great question. One of them is to write on this blog a lot more often. Obviously another is the continuation of marathon training and running marathons. I have written some guest blog posts for other websites and I really enjoy it. So much so, that I may even decide to start my own running blog in the near future. I am also working towards my personal training certifications (you know how much I love the government telling me that I need to be "certified" in order to do something) and I may look into doing something part-time with that when the time comes. This will take up a large portion of my time.
On the writing front, I think I have found a new outlet for my creativity, which is more of a Lord of the Rings / Game of Thrones type of science fiction than what you may have read from me so far. My novels have typically been very "in the moment." Perhaps too much so, as I often get told how wrong I was about gold and silver (give it time, folks) and how some of the other things I had written about haven't yet come to pass.
I am not the type of person who just picks up the pen without doing my research. As such, this writing project will be more long-term. I am taking my time with it - which will include doing a lot of reading myself. I've just devoured Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Cat's Cradle, and started on a ridiculously long historical fiction novel by Ken Follet called The Pillars of the Earth. One thing I know is that if you want to be a successful writer, you need to be an avid reader. On that front, I wish I would have paid more attention in English class.