He was kind enough to accept my invitation for an interview and dropped by Krogfiction to answer a few questions.
He is the actor who played Zordon on the Might Morphin' Power Rangers show. He as a Zordon page on Facebook, so look for that if you were a fan of the Power Rangers or just want to know more about Mr. Fielding. He has been a writer for some time and became a published author in the last two years Capes and Clockwork is one of his latest story venues.
Here are some of his links.
1) Why do you write?
I write, because I am compelled. That sounds a bit like Rorschach from Watchmen, but it’s the truth. I write, because I have stories or scenes or images in my head I’d like to share – to entertain. The purpose of any story (I think) is to entertain and hopefully enlighten or stimulate a conversation about ideas. Mostly to entertain though.
2) What is the purpose of writing fiction?
I think fiction is a gateway to new ideas and ways of thinking. Life is about change and moving forward. Fiction – at least the type of fiction I am drawn to and write (science fiction or fantasy), allows for possibilities that quite probably will move us into the future. Some of the fiction stories from the middle of last century presented ideas or concepts that were fantastical – they are more or less realities today.
3) Where do you find inspiration for writing?
Music, a lot of the time. I listen to a lot of cinematic music – it’s grand and epic and inspiring. I will hear a piece of music, and it will paint a scene for me, and, from there, I find myself envisioning characters and plots and action pieces.
4) Without spoiling the plot, what inspired you to write, At the Quiet Limit of the World, your story for Capes and Clockwork?
I’m a big fan of the old pulps. Doc Savage, The Spider, and The Avenger – I wanted to take a 30’s pulp hero and pepper it with Steampunk elements.
5) What is your opinion of the classics in the genre in which you generally write? That is, do they deserve to be classics?
I think if it stands the test of time and still speaks to an audience today – if its subject is relevant then it’s worthy of being called a classic. Good fiction and good science fiction – if you strip away all the fantastical elements – are human stories, human struggles… they last because we still struggle with those issues today.
6) Is there an author that you emulate? Why?
I think I emulate Stephen King, in my phrasing and narrative structure. I like the accessibility of his writing and try to make mine the same way.
7) How much do you read?
Not as much as I used to, I’m trying to spend more time creating than ingesting. But it’s like a drug… you need to read. It’s invigorating.
8) Where did you get your start in writing?
Early on, I was a huge, comic book guy. I would draw my favorite heroes and add my own dialogue. Then I started plotting out whole story arcs and wrote really bad Superman and Batman stories. Then when I was in college and playing RPG games I would write whole chapters of back story for my players. From there, it was just a natural progression to short stories and novelettes.
9) What is your most current project that is close to publication?
I have a number of stories that being considered for other anthologies and am currently involved with my NaNoWriMo story Smell the Sea and Feel the Sky.
10) Do you have a routine for writing and, if so, what is it?
I write when I can, and sometimes force myself to when I don’t feel like it. I find myself wasting more time than I like, but I try to write as much as I can, but don’t have a set routine. It’s tough when you have other work and commitments.
Thank you for your time, Mr. Fielding.