1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Lionel is the obvious choice. I love writing about him. He is the loveable loser-type that everyone can relate to. It is great fun to put him in these humorous situations. He often is close enough to his "prize" to just grab it, but his big heart always seems to get in the way. He's not heroic, brave, cool, or any of those type of things, but I think he is really an impressive kid. A kid, I hope that other kids will look up to.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee for sure. I'm hoping that research will come to light proving that there is a distinct link between the amount of coffee consumed and a long, healthy life.
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Everyday life to be honest. My day job is sales and I run into some real characters. I tend to be a people watcher and honestly, some of the things you see are better than fiction. I kid you not, you couldn't even write some of this stuff. My personal motto is, and I can't take credit for this quote but I have no idea who to attribute it to, is that life is 5% what happens to you and 95% how you react to it. This is the motto I use with Lionel. Life happens to him and the story kind of revolves around how he reacts and the lesson he learns from his reactions.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Reggae and jazz. I love Bob Marley, His message is great and I love the rhythm of reggae. It really does speak to me. I will include jazz in this answer as well. I listen to classic jazz when I'm writing. The rhythms are great for focus.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Interesting question. They take for a ride. I tried outlining my most recent WIP though. I found some benefit to it, but for the most part it's the ride for me. That does mean quite a few rewrites. To be honest, I love that part of a story. I love the feedback from my critique group, beta readers, and editor. Taking the original story and reworking it is my favorite part. It really comes alive. I love the feeling of it all coming together. I guess, for me, that is the ride.
13. Celebrity crush.
Jennifer Aniston. 'Nuff said:)
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Paul R. Hewlett, salesman by day, writer by night. Air Force vet. His aim is to write books that are constructive for children and encourage them to read, even if reading is not their favorite thing. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and dog (he's a "senior" that they adopted from the local rescue shelter). Lionel's Grand Adventure: Lionel and the Golden Rule is the first book in a series. It is his first book (reviews & feedback would be much appreciated).
He recently began co-authoring a middle grade/YA blog with Sher A. Hart.
Find Paul online at these links:
Lionel and the Golden Rule:
Lionel’s Grand Adventure is a beginning chapter book about a twelve year old boy who is constantly subjected to ridicule from his Mom and older brother. Things change when he makes a seemingly innocent discovery. The magical, yet unpredictable, Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot takes him on the adventure of a lifetime. Explore Lionel’s adventure and discover the wonderful world of the magical Walbaun foot and the lesson that it helps teach Lionel. My book helps children who want to feel better about themselves. It helps them find a role model. Lionel is very comfortable with who he is despite his physical shortcomings and his bullying Mom and older brother.
Lionel Turns the Other Cheek:
Lionel is back in another Grand Adventure! Lionel's Grand Adventure: Lionel Turns the Other Cheek is a beginning chapter book for ages 7-10. Lionel has always wanted to go to summer camp, but will his mean old Mom let him? Even though Lionel is now familiar with the Three-Toed-Pot-Bellied Walbaun foot, its unpredictable nature takes him on another adventure of a lifetime. Join Lionel as he heads off to summer camp and discover the wonderful world of the magical Walbaun foot and the lesson it helps teach Lionel (again).