Tuesday, September 24, 2013


This project is something that I had on my mind for some time, but wanted to get some more experience under my belt before undertaking.


Here I shall discuss stuff that has influenced and shaped not only whatever project I might be working on at the moment, but also my overall writing career, hopes, and dreams.
This space will not replace my author's page on Amazon, or my professional page on Facebook, but is meant to give readers and author more room to communicate than the aforementioned places or my position as Editor-In-Chief of The Free Choice E-zine allows.

So please visit on a regular basis. It will be well worth the journey and reading.

Lee Houston, Junior Writer/Editor
26 September, 2013


1. Is that really your given name?
Yes; Lee Houston, Junior IS my real name. My paternal grandmother always said that not only was my family directly related to the historic Sam Houston, but that our ancestors were on the winning side of Custer's Last Stand. I do not use an alias because if I'm not proud of what I do, I will not foist it upon an unsuspecting public. Besides, it's full time job just being me without trying to be someone else too.

2. How do you come up with your ideas?
My ideas come from all points of the universe and beyond. Sometimes I get inspired by something I read or watched. Other times it might be via music. Thoughts come to me in the middle of the night or whenever I'm preoccupied by something else, they suddenly appear out of the ether. Whether you believe in the Ether Bunny, Harlan Ellison's idea provider in Schenectady, the Gardner F. Fox daydream method, or some other muse(s); as long as the ideas keep coming, I'm happy.

3. Do you plot first, or just start writing?
I do plot to a point, especially when I'm working on a HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE story; but my plots are never set in stone before I begin working on a new tale. That way, if a new idea comes to me while in the midst of writing, I can stop and consider it right then and there instead of having to set it aside for the next project.

4. So, how do you write?
I am usually at my PC and using Microsoft Word, but I started out writing between the traditional method of using pen and paper, then producing my manuscripts via a manual typewriter; so I have no problem going back to the more "retro" method of creating whenever necessary, then transcribing my notes into the computer's memory later. Besides, you have no advanced warning when inspiration might strike, or bad weather forces you away from the computer for a while.
But I can tell you from first hand experience, always back up your work!

That's all for now!--lh,jr.

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