If you do listen to music, what kinds? Does it ever get distracting? Have any of your books ended up with “Theme Songs?”

Well, I usually go for music I know very well. Often I go with instrumental music, particularly Tangerine Dream, sometimes Jean-Michel Jarre, and less often Fresh Aire (I find it’s easier to do drawings with Fresh Aire).Music with a great dynamic range (between soft and loud) is harder to use …

Do you listen to music while you write?

Yes. A much longer answer: Louis L’Amour, who wrote westerns the way Heinlein wrote s-f juveniles, used to boast that he could write anywhere. I took this as a challenge and tried to do the same. I’ve now found that I prefer to spend at least part of my day …

How do you keep yourself from losing interest halfway through what you’re working on, or going off in too many directions?

I don’t. I usually do both those things, get very mad with myself, discover that there was a reason for doing what I’d done, and get back on track. There are many schools of thought on what makes a writer but one says that writing is letting your “inner child” …

Have you ever had writer’s block, and how do you deal with it?

Writer’s block comes in many forms for me.There’s mid-book writer’s block, there’s the “everything I write is (insert appropriate expletive)” writer’s block, there’s the “huh?” writer’s block. The trick is to figure out which one I’m suffering from. I have found myself blocked for weeks at a time only to …