20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of W.W. Cass, speculative fiction author

For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with speculative fiction author Wallace W. Cass, Jr.

A broadly traveled student of human behavior, W.W. Cass, Jr., creates imaginative stories of complex characters with equally complex lives. Cass self-publishes in the science fiction, mystery and adventure genres. His work balances firm scientific principles with action, drama and humor.

You can connect with Cass on Twitter @WallaceCass and on his website, www.wwcassjr.com.

Our 20 questions with W.W. Cass start now:

1) What is your full name (middle name optional)?

Wallace W. Cass, Jr.

2) What is your professional job title?

W.W. Cass, Jr.

3) Describe your organization.

I’m a speculative fiction author.

4) Describe your surroundings right now.

A tad above the traditional writer’s garret, but less than a mansion.

5) What was your first paid writing gig?

Part-time student journalist for the Iowa State Daily newspaper.

6) What was the last thing you wrote?

The last thing I wrote was the novelette “Vessel” currently available at Amazon.com.

7) What is the next thing you plan to write?

A full-length SF novel entitled “Parallax” which I intend to release the end of 2014.

8) Finish this sentence: The ideal way to start my day is …

A good cup of coffee and my laptop ready to go.

9) Besides your computer, what is sitting on your desk right now?

Reference books, my cell phone and an ashtray.

10) So-called writer’s block is no match for you! What is your antidote?

Reread everything that came before the blockage.

11) Finish this sentence: I hate it when I read …

Loose prose that doesn’t capture the essence of the scene.

12) What are the most important tools, programs and systems you use for your work?

MS Word, Dictionary, Thesaurus, Grammar Guide and my trusty laptop

13) First book that comes to mind? Go!

Passage at Arms by Glen C. Cook

14) What are your favorite smartphone apps and why?

MS One Drive, because I always know I have a backup available.

15) What have you always wanted to write?

I have always wanted to write the stories that fire the imagination.

16) What is your advice for aspiring professional writers?

Never give up and keep practicing your craft.

17) First famous writer who comes to mind? Go!

Robert Heinlein

18) Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about being a writer is …

the freedom to turn loose my imagination and share the results with my readers.

19) Pencil versus pen—who wins and why?

Pencil wins because being erasable means providing options.

20) Finish this sentence: One word or phrase people will never read in my writing is …

I know everything.

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