What compels you to write? Simply put, I have something to say. Why do you write? Obviously I write to say what I have to say. Also it is very cathartic. I am incapable of ignoring the craziness in this world. Ignorance is bliss, and I am missing that. What makes you write what you write? I am a "fact based" individual and feel the need to speak truth to BS. In life I often encounter people who do not want their blissful ignorance disturbed, so I started taking it to social media. My real life friends take me with a grain of salt. The true ones are kindred spirits, as are some of the "virtual" ones I have never met in person. I get trolled often, but my response is usually a passive aggressive fact check. Sometimes they go away quickly, or if they are hard core I hit ignore. What Made you decide you liked to write? In 2003-2004 I had a major life crisis; job loss over whistle blowing (the late ITT Technical Institute) followed closely by the death of close family and friend. (Brother to cancer, favorite educator and mentor to auto accident). I spent a year unemployed by choice, starting a business that failed, and writing an autobiography. It was then that I had discovered the cathartic value of writing. I had written in school, and rewrote much of the horrendous curriculum at ITT. I didn't mind it, and enjoyed much of it, but it did not soothe the soul like pouring my heart onto the page does. (Yes, I know that last is cliche' but it fits) What Do You Write? Rants on social media, mostly FB, and conversations in hobby forums on model planes and bicycling, and now writing. The first novel I read was Swiss Family Robinson, in fourth grade, followed closely by a science fiction novel by Poul Anderson called Vault of the Ages. I became hooked on the genre and read extensively the works of Heinlein, Asimov and Clark, then in high school discovered Kurt Vonnegut, who is still my biggest influence. My first attempts at writing were in SF, but I found it hard to put the sense of wonder into it that people must have felt in the "golden age", so I have fallen into a comfort zone called "general fiction". I have started two novels. One is semi-autobiographical about a kid struggling to fit in. It is my way of getting a "do over" in high school, I guess. The other is a historical and biographical love story. The protagonists are gay, and I am not. It is inspired by two men I knew in my youth in the 1960's and were outed in death near the end of the century. Some scant details I knew of one of them is the seed for what I hope will be a terrific and poignant tale.