Here are H.L.'s answers to my 'getting to know the judge' questions:
If you are currently querying right now, please tell us about your book.
I’m currently querying my novel titled A Thorn in My Side. It follows uninspiring substitute teacher, failed self-published e-book author and all around rotten human being Jim Thorn. Let go from his job, he comes home to find his apartment vandalized and mysterious symbols carved on his bathroom door.
Run by a wealthy eccentric who has dedicated his life to solving the universe’s strangest mysteries, The McLannon Group is comprised of slackers, dimwits, FBI burnouts, devotees to fictional religions and senile assassins. Struggling for decades to solve an ancient formula, the Group discovers the answer in an eBay listing that features a carved up bathroom door touted as “original art” by “famed author” Jim Thorn.
High on the promise of a cash reward and seeing the potential to get into the pants of a failed FBI agent, Jim Thorn joins the McLannon Group on an adventure across dimensions and through time to topple a tyrant and save two different worlds.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing on and off my entire life, but I became serious about writing after taking a creative writing course in college and enjoying it immensely.
Tell us about your writing style. Are you a plotter/outliner, or do you fly by the seat of your pants?
When I write, I generally start with an overarching idea and then I just see where the story takes me.
What is one piece of advice you would give new writers?
Designate a spot in your home that’s your “zone”. Go there every day and write. Don’t do anything in that space other than write. When you enter that space, you know it’s time to get down to business. When other people see you in that space, they know not to bother you.
FLASH FACTORY FRIDAY #7
H.L. Pauff's 3 Word PROMPT:
bathroom, hooligan, vengeance
*YOU MUST USE ALL THREE WORDS
Ready ... set ... FLASH!
PROMPT (varies each week)
50 word minimum / 350 word limit
The full rules are HERE
*Remember, post your entry right here in the comments, please! Don't forget word count and Twitter handle! (Or another way for me to reach the winner!)