HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Single-malt Scotch. In lieu of that, I’ll take Earl Grey.
4. What else can you do besides write?
Tie my own shoes and dress myself (usually). I can mix a pretty decent martini. I’m also working towards becoming a Reiki Master (at the time of this writing I’m a Reiki II).
5. Who are you reading right now?
I just finished a couple of novels by Andrew Vachss (False Allegations and Mask Market). And the last two Punisher compilations (Barracuda and Man of Stone). Next up will probably be Lee Child and David Morrell, with a couple of anthologies of short fiction thrown in for good measure.
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
If I really knew the answer to that, I’d probably write a hell of a lot more. Images and scenes just sort of pop into my head, usually when I’m in the shower. I guess that my travels and studies have a huge effect on what I’m interested in writing, but it sometimes takes years for me to digest and come to terms with the impact of something I’ve experienced. I remember being at the beach late one summer, and trying to find someway to capture how moving it was to walk along it at night. I was thrilled when I finally got it into a story only six months later. I’ll be even more thrilled if that story ever gets published.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
My taste in music is pretty eclectic, but when I write I’ll usually have electronic, techno or Gothic-type music playing. Every now and then I’ll throw a movie soundtrack on, but that usually makes me want to watch the movie and I end up not getting very much done.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
When I’m working on a short story, I usually let it take me along for the ride. I take a hybrid approach to writing a novel. I’ll start off flying by the seat of my pants, and if I run into trouble I’ll brainstorm and outline until I figure out how to get where I want to be. This is one of the reasons I usually like to know how my story is going to end. The journey’s a lot easier if I know where I want to be when it’s over.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Chris Stout holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. He also is working to become a Reiki Master. As of the publication of "The Medusa" in Sails and Sorcery, he has attained Reiki II status.
Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy
Hopefully one or the other of these studies will help him to earn a living and become a better-rounded human being.