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The video linked above is a trailer I directed for one of my novels.




My name is Dennis Sharpe, and I’m a writer. Why does typing that make me feel like I’m in a twelve-step program?

So, yeah, I write, I create, I make stuff up. I've been called a good many things over the years: writer, poet, novelist, journalist, songwriter, fiction engineer, ghostwriter, father, son, friend, nerd, model, actor, producer, director, and coffee enthusiast (and so many more).

From spoken word poetry set over graphics or in printed collections, to articles about concerts, tours, and the occasional indie artist being abused by an American Legion post, to a paranormal fiction series about ghosts and vampires or science fiction tales of deep space or time travel, to opinion pieces about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, digital vs. physical content, or Bret Easton Ellis, my writing covers all the bases. I'm hard to pin down, but easy to read (or so I've been told).
My digital media kit can be found by clicking here.

My work ethic generally keeps me creating a minimum of ten pages a day of varied styles of content. It's habitual. From time to time, I do far more than that. There are times when eight or even nine of those pages aren't worth keeping, but I'm getting a bit better at the quantity of the quality. These things take time, right?

I've lived all over the continental United States, and have worked in nearly every setting you can imagine, yes, even briefly in the Army. To clear things up for any curious about such thing, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Tucson were my favorite places to live. That's through the rosy tint of hindsight, to be sure, but they really did a lot for me as a human being and I wouldn't be who I am today if not for those places and the people I met while living there. 

These days I practice my insomnia in the far west tip of the Bluegrass State. I live with my kids, Sadie and Caleb (my oldest, Arol, has moved out on his own), and they are not only the best things in my whole world, I find that they find their way into almost everything I write in one manner or another. Creating my children was the only thing I am more proud of than the works of wordcraft I have created and continue to create.



Why do I write?

The question was the final line of an email exchange between myself and a ten-year-old who wrote to me with a bounty of questions and a sincere exuberance to write fiction with reckless abandon. The plainness of it really struck me, and I debated what sort of answer I should give. How much honesty was really called for?

Why do I write?

Is it for sales? Maybe it’s for attention, reviews, or accolades? Respect of my peers or the reading public at large? Is it because I want to be on bookshelves all over the world and feel that I have, in some small way, contributed to the social whole?

I’ll have to be honest and admit that some of those actually sound kind of nice. Being able to support my family with my writing, making an impact on the world I live in, and having others take note of or enjoy my work would all be really fulfilling to me as a person. These are facts.

However, none of those are the reasons why I write. None of those are the core impetus that drives me to put words together, tell stories, or share my words and worlds with other people.

I have a problem. I have a difficulty connecting with people. I love communicating, and I often attempt a lot of it through social media, email, the phone, and—from time to time—I even do it in person. I often feel as though I have failed miserably at it. I have an odd social anxiety. I panic inside. I get the sweaty palms and the nervous laughs that make any confidence I truly have seem to vanish to the perceptions of those I want to communicate with.

The only thing I've found that alleviates all those negatives is passion. If I feel passionately about something, I can really talk. I can be articulate and I can connect. I am greater in that than the actuality of who I am. That connection can be made with the things that I write. But, guess what? I fooled you again. While this is important, it’s not why I write. It’s just the main reward that I appreciate and enjoy because of my writing.

Why, you may ask, are you telling me all this? Why do I even care, why you write or why it matters to you that you do?

These are fair questions. I’ll get to the point for you.

I am not a writer because I write. No. I write because I am a writer.

At the core of who I am there are emotions and thoughts. Those fill my brain with words. Sometimes those words are in my own voice; sometimes they come with other voices. I have to get them out of me. I have to write them down. It’s an imperative. I write because to not do so is to let my mind fill with words and voices and stories that garble and babble and scream. I write because it is how I stave off the madness of my own mind and its relentless attacks on itself.

I write. I share those words and voices and stories with other people out of a sincere desire to connect, and I’d like to be able to support my family with the earnings. I love reading reviews that tell me I've connected with a reader. Moreover, I adore talking to people who have read something I've written and feel passionately about it, for good or bad. All of these are things that matter to me, and I do care about them…but why do I write? I write because I am a writer.

I am a writer…because of that, I write.

I've been publishing since 2010 and have seventeen titles available (not counting newspapers and other rags I’ve written for). I’ve managed to keep myself and my family afloat by my writing income as well as working a day job (if I'm honest, I was working the overnight shift, but for the purposes of this little text box, we'll just call it a day job, okay?) to support myself while doing so. Recently (Spring 2017) I suffered a bit of a setback with my health, and I was left unable to continue with the day job, and so I've found myself in a bit of a pinch. A big one, really.

You see, income from writing can vary from month to month. Wildly. Peaks and valleys don’t even begin to cover it, in fact. Will I make enough for my house payment this month? I hope so, but who knows. If I end up back in the hospital will I lose my whole life? That’s Possible. Will my next payday, whenever it comes, be enough to buy coffee? Fingers crossed. The glamor of the writer’s lifestyle is most certainly what has led me here to Patreon with high hopes.




By supporting this Patreon, you are supporting me and more importantly, to me, my work. This Patreon, and you by your support, make it possible for time to be spent on the actual nuts and bolts of creation, editing, formatting, and preparing a final product to reach the world. This page is a supplemental income to support the life, needs, and family of a working artist. The funds raised here help keep the phone ringing, the lights shining, and the word documents filling up. 

I'm all too happy to share my work, my writing, my words and imagination with my patrons here first as a way of saying thank you before eventually setting it free to roam the world. There are also things that will be created that will not exist outside this Patreon page, a version no one else will ever know, or a work in progress that becomes something else entirely. I will provide, at a minimum, digital access to the work I create that is made possible by the support of this Patreon page to all those who pledge their support.

I'll be creating content very nearly every day and posting pieces here "in progress" as often as I can. But adding this content doesn't constitute a completed project. Instead it's more like a window into the creative process as it takes place. Large or small. Poetry or prose. I take a of pride in my work, so while I will be giving you rough work and a "behind the scenes look," I'll only be sharing content that I feel is of a quality worthy of being shared.

Completion of projects will vary based on the difficulty and scope of each individual project. I am looking to find completion on the smaller works on a five- to ten-week basis, with larger ones taking twelve weeks and up. Either way, I will do all I can to provide as steady a stream of "what I'm working on now" as I can, updated and curated for my patrons to see.

Tiers
Thanks and gratitude...
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects.
A look behind the curtain...
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
For five bucks you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works.

A note sent, a line dropped...
$10 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
For ten bucks and a shipping address you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a hand written piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.

Take a page from my book...
$20 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
For twenty bucks and a shipping address you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a hand written piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.  


Also, you'll receive at least one (maybe more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me.

A thicker envelope...
$30 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
For twenty-five bucks and a shipping address you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a hand written piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.  


Also, at the same time, you'll receive a few (three or more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me. Perhaps with other small items pertaining to the project. Maybe with glitter or coffee grounds as well... one never knows.

Some words and a little something extra...
$50 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
For fifty bucks and a shipping address you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a hand written piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.  


Also, at the same time, you'll receive a few (three or more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me. Perhaps with other small items pertaining to the project. Maybe with glitter or coffee grounds as well... one never knows. 


In addition to all that you'll also receive a full printed and signed copy of the project, once complete/produced (book, or otherwise), containing a hand written thank you or a printed notation in the thanks and/or acknowledgements section of the final work. 

"Your Name Here"
$100 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
For  one hundred bucks and a shipping address, you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects.


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a handwritten piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.


Also, at the same time, you'll receive a few (three or more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me. Perhaps with other small items pertaining to the project. Maybe with glitter or coffee grounds as well…one never knows. 


In addition to all that, you'll also receive a full printed and signed copy of the project, once complete/produced (book, or otherwise), containing a handwritten thank you or a printed notation in the thanks and/or acknowledgements section of the final work. 


I will also write you into anything I'm working on (your name, your choice of project from my current works in progress, included as I see fit) that you'd like to be written into. 


You're in the art, you're in the story!
$250 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
For two hundred and fifty bucks and a shipping address, you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects.


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a handwritten piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.


Also, at the same time, you'll receive a few (three or more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me. Perhaps with other small items pertaining to the project. Maybe with glitter or coffee grounds as well…one never knows. 


In addition to all that, you'll also receive a full printed and signed copy of the project, once complete/produced (book, or otherwise), containing a handwritten thank you or a printed notation in the thanks and/or acknowledgements section of the final work. 


I will also write you into anything I'm working on (your name, your choice of project from my current works in progress, in a way of your choice). Totally your call. You'll have to work within the world of the project and the structure of the story of course, but it'll be you…all ghosty…or superhuman…or ballad-ed to…er, ode'd…I don't even know…but, yes. That.


Goals
$51 of $150 per month
With one hundred and fifty dollars a month I can make use of the information superhighway by allowing my wifi to serve my laptop a wondrous meal of internets.
2 of 5
The video linked above is a trailer I directed for one of my novels.




My name is Dennis Sharpe, and I’m a writer. Why does typing that make me feel like I’m in a twelve-step program?

So, yeah, I write, I create, I make stuff up. I've been called a good many things over the years: writer, poet, novelist, journalist, songwriter, fiction engineer, ghostwriter, father, son, friend, nerd, model, actor, producer, director, and coffee enthusiast (and so many more).

From spoken word poetry set over graphics or in printed collections, to articles about concerts, tours, and the occasional indie artist being abused by an American Legion post, to a paranormal fiction series about ghosts and vampires or science fiction tales of deep space or time travel, to opinion pieces about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, digital vs. physical content, or Bret Easton Ellis, my writing covers all the bases. I'm hard to pin down, but easy to read (or so I've been told).
My digital media kit can be found by clicking here.

My work ethic generally keeps me creating a minimum of ten pages a day of varied styles of content. It's habitual. From time to time, I do far more than that. There are times when eight or even nine of those pages aren't worth keeping, but I'm getting a bit better at the quantity of the quality. These things take time, right?

I've lived all over the continental United States, and have worked in nearly every setting you can imagine, yes, even briefly in the Army. To clear things up for any curious about such thing, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Tucson were my favorite places to live. That's through the rosy tint of hindsight, to be sure, but they really did a lot for me as a human being and I wouldn't be who I am today if not for those places and the people I met while living there. 

These days I practice my insomnia in the far west tip of the Bluegrass State. I live with my kids, Sadie and Caleb (my oldest, Arol, has moved out on his own), and they are not only the best things in my whole world, I find that they find their way into almost everything I write in one manner or another. Creating my children was the only thing I am more proud of than the works of wordcraft I have created and continue to create.



Why do I write?

The question was the final line of an email exchange between myself and a ten-year-old who wrote to me with a bounty of questions and a sincere exuberance to write fiction with reckless abandon. The plainness of it really struck me, and I debated what sort of answer I should give. How much honesty was really called for?

Why do I write?

Is it for sales? Maybe it’s for attention, reviews, or accolades? Respect of my peers or the reading public at large? Is it because I want to be on bookshelves all over the world and feel that I have, in some small way, contributed to the social whole?

I’ll have to be honest and admit that some of those actually sound kind of nice. Being able to support my family with my writing, making an impact on the world I live in, and having others take note of or enjoy my work would all be really fulfilling to me as a person. These are facts.

However, none of those are the reasons why I write. None of those are the core impetus that drives me to put words together, tell stories, or share my words and worlds with other people.

I have a problem. I have a difficulty connecting with people. I love communicating, and I often attempt a lot of it through social media, email, the phone, and—from time to time—I even do it in person. I often feel as though I have failed miserably at it. I have an odd social anxiety. I panic inside. I get the sweaty palms and the nervous laughs that make any confidence I truly have seem to vanish to the perceptions of those I want to communicate with.

The only thing I've found that alleviates all those negatives is passion. If I feel passionately about something, I can really talk. I can be articulate and I can connect. I am greater in that than the actuality of who I am. That connection can be made with the things that I write. But, guess what? I fooled you again. While this is important, it’s not why I write. It’s just the main reward that I appreciate and enjoy because of my writing.

Why, you may ask, are you telling me all this? Why do I even care, why you write or why it matters to you that you do?

These are fair questions. I’ll get to the point for you.

I am not a writer because I write. No. I write because I am a writer.

At the core of who I am there are emotions and thoughts. Those fill my brain with words. Sometimes those words are in my own voice; sometimes they come with other voices. I have to get them out of me. I have to write them down. It’s an imperative. I write because to not do so is to let my mind fill with words and voices and stories that garble and babble and scream. I write because it is how I stave off the madness of my own mind and its relentless attacks on itself.

I write. I share those words and voices and stories with other people out of a sincere desire to connect, and I’d like to be able to support my family with the earnings. I love reading reviews that tell me I've connected with a reader. Moreover, I adore talking to people who have read something I've written and feel passionately about it, for good or bad. All of these are things that matter to me, and I do care about them…but why do I write? I write because I am a writer.

I am a writer…because of that, I write.

I've been publishing since 2010 and have seventeen titles available (not counting newspapers and other rags I’ve written for). I’ve managed to keep myself and my family afloat by my writing income as well as working a day job (if I'm honest, I was working the overnight shift, but for the purposes of this little text box, we'll just call it a day job, okay?) to support myself while doing so. Recently (Spring 2017) I suffered a bit of a setback with my health, and I was left unable to continue with the day job, and so I've found myself in a bit of a pinch. A big one, really.

You see, income from writing can vary from month to month. Wildly. Peaks and valleys don’t even begin to cover it, in fact. Will I make enough for my house payment this month? I hope so, but who knows. If I end up back in the hospital will I lose my whole life? That’s Possible. Will my next payday, whenever it comes, be enough to buy coffee? Fingers crossed. The glamor of the writer’s lifestyle is most certainly what has led me here to Patreon with high hopes.




By supporting this Patreon, you are supporting me and more importantly, to me, my work. This Patreon, and you by your support, make it possible for time to be spent on the actual nuts and bolts of creation, editing, formatting, and preparing a final product to reach the world. This page is a supplemental income to support the life, needs, and family of a working artist. The funds raised here help keep the phone ringing, the lights shining, and the word documents filling up. 

I'm all too happy to share my work, my writing, my words and imagination with my patrons here first as a way of saying thank you before eventually setting it free to roam the world. There are also things that will be created that will not exist outside this Patreon page, a version no one else will ever know, or a work in progress that becomes something else entirely. I will provide, at a minimum, digital access to the work I create that is made possible by the support of this Patreon page to all those who pledge their support.

I'll be creating content very nearly every day and posting pieces here "in progress" as often as I can. But adding this content doesn't constitute a completed project. Instead it's more like a window into the creative process as it takes place. Large or small. Poetry or prose. I take a of pride in my work, so while I will be giving you rough work and a "behind the scenes look," I'll only be sharing content that I feel is of a quality worthy of being shared.

Completion of projects will vary based on the difficulty and scope of each individual project. I am looking to find completion on the smaller works on a five- to ten-week basis, with larger ones taking twelve weeks and up. Either way, I will do all I can to provide as steady a stream of "what I'm working on now" as I can, updated and curated for my patrons to see.

Recent posts by Dennis Sharpe

Tiers
Thanks and gratitude...
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects.
A look behind the curtain...
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
For five bucks you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works.

A note sent, a line dropped...
$10 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
For ten bucks and a shipping address you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a hand written piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.

Take a page from my book...
$20 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
For twenty bucks and a shipping address you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a hand written piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.  


Also, you'll receive at least one (maybe more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me.

A thicker envelope...
$30 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
For twenty-five bucks and a shipping address you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a hand written piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.  


Also, at the same time, you'll receive a few (three or more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me. Perhaps with other small items pertaining to the project. Maybe with glitter or coffee grounds as well... one never knows.

Some words and a little something extra...
$50 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
For fifty bucks and a shipping address you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects. 


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files, and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a hand written piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.  


Also, at the same time, you'll receive a few (three or more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me. Perhaps with other small items pertaining to the project. Maybe with glitter or coffee grounds as well... one never knows. 


In addition to all that you'll also receive a full printed and signed copy of the project, once complete/produced (book, or otherwise), containing a hand written thank you or a printed notation in the thanks and/or acknowledgements section of the final work. 

"Your Name Here"
$100 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
For  one hundred bucks and a shipping address, you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects.


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a handwritten piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.


Also, at the same time, you'll receive a few (three or more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me. Perhaps with other small items pertaining to the project. Maybe with glitter or coffee grounds as well…one never knows. 


In addition to all that, you'll also receive a full printed and signed copy of the project, once complete/produced (book, or otherwise), containing a handwritten thank you or a printed notation in the thanks and/or acknowledgements section of the final work. 


I will also write you into anything I'm working on (your name, your choice of project from my current works in progress, included as I see fit) that you'd like to be written into. 


You're in the art, you're in the story!
$250 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
For two hundred and fifty bucks and a shipping address, you will be noted as a supporter and given a shout out on social media upon completion of projects.


You will also have access to Patreon exclusive posts of rough files and works in progress, as well as updates on many of the projects that are in the works, plus a handwritten piece of mail from me containing a page with a poem or lines written in the most current project (upon completion) selected specifically for you.


Also, at the same time, you'll receive a few (three or more) printed manuscript/chapbook/story/chapter pages signed by me. Perhaps with other small items pertaining to the project. Maybe with glitter or coffee grounds as well…one never knows. 


In addition to all that, you'll also receive a full printed and signed copy of the project, once complete/produced (book, or otherwise), containing a handwritten thank you or a printed notation in the thanks and/or acknowledgements section of the final work. 


I will also write you into anything I'm working on (your name, your choice of project from my current works in progress, in a way of your choice). Totally your call. You'll have to work within the world of the project and the structure of the story of course, but it'll be you…all ghosty…or superhuman…or ballad-ed to…er, ode'd…I don't even know…but, yes. That.