My Interview with Fine Freelance

It might have something to do with being a published author, but I think the book that I co-wrote with John Chow has done something to further legitimize my career as a freelance writer. There’s something about going beyond the role of “just a blogger” into the role of “professional writer.”

I was approached by Craig Burr (via e-mail) while I was in Las Vegas covering the Consumer Electronics Show. He asked if I wanted to be interviewed in relation to my career as a freelance writer and the interview would subsequently be posted on Fine Freelance as a resource for his readers. I agreed.

This certainly isn’t the first time that I have interviewed under this kind of context. I’ve been “on the line” with Joseph Planta on more than a few occasions, discussing topics both related and not related to freelance writing. I’ve also been interviewed as part of Alan Creffield’s project on the freelance writing business.

So, what did Craig Burr have to ask me? Here is a brief snippet from the interview:

What was it about writing that appealed to you?

I’ve always been drawn to the written word, having been enamored with some great novels and plays over the course of my academic career, both in high school and at the university level. Words are a powerful thing and I’m drawn to their ability to express everything from hard facts to deeply felt emotions. In terms of freelancing, I’m drawn mostly to the time freedom and sense of “ownership” that it provides. I don’t have several “bosses”; I have several “clients.”

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’ve been told that I have a perceptible writing voice, but I have worked to adapt my writing style to best fit the context and audience for each piece. I lean toward the more casual side of things on my personal blog, for instance, but I can shift that voice to something quite different when writing a biography or press release. In general, my style is measured and closest in scope to being a slightly elevated version of everyday speech.

If you feel so inclined, you can read the rest of the interview over at Fine Freelance. I’d like to extend my thanks to Mr. Burr for the opportunity. Also, if any of you would like to interview me for your own websites, podcasts, radio shows, or what have you, the contact form can be accessed at the top of the page.