Currently residing in Pennsylvania with his wife and son. M. J. Stoddard graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College, where he received his diploma in CADD. However, his real passions is in the creative arts, literature and the martial arts. Often reading in his spare time, compelled to the classic science fiction and fantasy. M. J. Stoddard delved in science, astronomy, physics, mythology of ancient cultures and the martial arts. M. J. Stoddard is currently working on several manuscripts of various genre, ranging from sci-fi paranormal to adventure and even space fantasy and other forms of speculative fiction. When M. J. Stoddard does not spend his time writing or rendering starship designs, he spends his time with his family and at the Hogosha Samurai Karate Jutsu dojo as one of the founders and instructors of a rising martial arts school in Watsontown geared towards building leaders by instilling set principles in each and every student that comes along.
What inspires you to write?
Since I was in high school I've drempt of becoming a full time author, I would spend hours reading sci-fi and fantasy, paranormal and adventure novels from various authors. In my junior year I decided to chase my dream and I sat behind my computer and the ideas for my own universe pulsed through my fingers.
Tell us about your writing process.
I would say, I'm a seat of the pants writer, but I also sketch out characters, worlds, skylines, alien heiroglyphics and starships ranging from single-manned fighters to massive dreadnoughts.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters, not just the main character but all the characters in the story which is created.
Who are your favorite authors?
Where do I start – I have many favorite authors, Frank Herbert, Tolkien, Lewis, Orson Scott Card and more. My favorite books were Dune, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Ender's Game.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It wasn't easy for me, the research I did to find the right publisher brought to a bunch of vanity publishers and with my past experience dealing with vanity publishers. I finally decided to go indie and self-publish through Amazon.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe versatility of book publishing is promising and has potential for much more.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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