They say one should writer about what he knows. I am a woodsman who lives in a log house in the great northwoods with my wife Lori and daughters Kate and Maggie. That's why all my work, for 20 years, has a backwoods setting. My adventure stories are set in the 1800s, and my humor pieces are contemporary and set in a backwoods general store
I write fiction because I'd rather make it up than look it up. Though I have to smile myself sometimes when I realize all the research I do on the times and places of my stories. I use three seperate Ojibwa Indian language books almost daily.
Lori and I started an outdoor adventure magazine 20 years ago as a way to promote and improve my writing. If that did one thing it taught me to meet deadlines. I had to finish every story I started. I didn't have time to start and stop and start again every story idea. I had to finish what I started and some of my most popular works are stories that started slow but eventually found a rythm and turned out great. That and the old saying "writing is rewriting" keeps me on track and writing every day.