I've always loved to write but work came first and my writing was put on hold in favor of my career. With the successful acquisition of my last start up, I'm in a position to take time to see if writing can replace the thrill of bringing new technologies to the world. At the very least, I suspect this lifestyle will be much less stressful than that of a technologist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
People often ask me how I could possibly write a novel. To most it seems like a daunting task. They also tell me that they, too, would love to write but they don't know where to begin. I usually respond by suggesting they write their own life story. Once that is done, I propose that they look at various places in their lives (which I think of as inflection points) and ask themselves what would have happened if... They can base a story in fact, but change an event and see how their lives or the lives of others would have changed if something different had happened.
Most of my books are based in fact. In looking back at my relatively long life, I can see countless places where a minor change would have given me a completely different future. My stories come from jumping off at these inflection points and imagining alternative outcomes. Sometimes I image events far removed from any likely reality, so please don't assume that details in the story are necessarily true.
The Silicon Lathe is my first attempt at holding a story together for a few hundred pages. Let me know what you think about it.