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Joshua C. Cook Cendan is at least partially based on myself. I tend toward the analytical, so that's very much me. The rest of him is actually based on a character I played once in a play. I used to be into theater pretty hardcore, and did a lot of plays and various improv things. Cendan is based off an improv character that I kept returning to. He was fun to play, and when I started laying out the Cendan Key mind map (I mind map all my characters) that old improv persona came into my mind right away.
Joshua C. Cook Generally I try to take myself out of the situation. I listen to music, watch a movie, play a video game. If I'm writing when people are awake, I go play with my kids or spend time with my wife. I as a rule don't get stressed about writer's block. That fantasy novel I got stuck on is still there, but I wanted to let it lie fallow for a while. I'll get it done, when it gets done.
Joshua C. Cook Well, my Mom for one, being a retired English professor.. but I've always been a "rabid reader" I devour books sometimes, reading 10-15 books in a week if I could find the time. I always think, how I would write the story when I'm done. On top of that, when I was younger I spent a lot of time doing more creative outlets, cooking, art, even had a full ride theater scholarship at one point. I had sort of gotten away from that aspect of my life, and I wanted to reconnect to it. Writing gives me that, and doesn't cost a lot of money, and won't keep anyone up at night while I'm working.
Joshua C. Cook I had long been interested in what people think is real versus what is real. That sort of led me to the place where I started jotting down notes for the overall story arc. The first book that's out now, I wanted to bring a sort ot IT edge to it, being as that's my day job. One thing led to another, and I had the first story, Oversee of One.