My guest today is T. M. Hunter, one of my favorite cyber-friends.  He’s just cool.  He’s also quite generous.  Two lucky commenters will receive print copies of his books so don’t leave without writing a note!  ‘Nuff said!

I always find it amusing when people make comments to me about how much money I must be making with my books and writing. Most of the published authors reading this post are likely laughing along with me at the moment, so once we all have a chance to settle down, I’ll continue.

Other than a small fraction of big-name authors, there’s little chance of making a comfortable living off one’s writing alone. In fact, any would-be authors reading this who believe becoming published is going to be their personal road to riches should likely start coming up with a Plan B. Certainly, there’s always the possibility writing will earn you millions, but the odds are not in your favor.

So then, if money isn’t (or shouldn’t be) your primary purpose for writing, the question begs to be asked:  What motivates you as a writer?

Do you have an overwhelming urge to create? Does your heart skip a beat at creating new worlds, interesting and quirky characters, outrageous situations and circumstances? I’d say this is something I’m afflicted with. There’s something to be said about creating and the creation process as a whole. Some might call it “playing God” with your characters and storylines. Whether you like to manipulate your stories and characters (deity-style) or simply place your creations into the same story-box and see how they play together, there’s definitely a heavy draw for creative personalities to thrive. At least for me, there is.

Do you love to tell stories just for the sole purpose of telling them? Sharing vivid portions of your imagination with others for them to love and enjoy is a powerful thing. This, too, is one of the reasons I write what I do. There’s just something extremely gratifying about sharing my creations with others. Story-telling has always been the ultimate in performance art, and can be an addiction for which the only satisfaction comes from creating more stories for readers to devour.

So, now that you have a glimpse into two of my own motivations for creating stories and novels, you tell me: What motivates you as a writer?

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T. M. Hunter has always had a fascination with interstellar travel, earning a B. S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas. Twice a top ten finisher in the P&E Readers Poll for his short stories (2007, 2009), his book HEROES DIE YOUNG earned Champagne Books’ Best-Selling Book of 2008 award. FRIENDS IN DEED (January 2010) is his latest novel. For more information, including links to his published short stories and novels, please visit AstonWest.com. You can also find T. M. Hunter on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace as well.