How did you become interested in short stories? Short stories scared me when I was younger. Not the stories themselves, really. The *writing* of short stories scared me. How was I suppose to get these big ideas in my head into a little short story? I didn't know. =) In 2006, though, I realized that if I wanted to improve as a writer, I needed a faster turnaround for feedback than I was getting from novels. My first real novel took a long time to finish, and I could see how much I had improved as a writer by comparing the last few chapters with the first few. Short stories seemed a good way to write something to completion, and then get it judged (by me, by my wife, by anyone who happened by my blog at the time). As I wrote short story after short story that year, I fell in love with the format. I also learned a lot about writing. =) I've continued to write short stories ever since (though not at the same rate). As an author, do you think writing short stories is worthwhile? Why? Not every story needs a 3-book, 600,000-word telling. Or even a 1-book, 100,000-word telling. Or even a ... You get the idea. =) Some stories are naturally, well, short. Also, I like to use short stories to explore ideas (characters, settings, narrative style) before I try to expand them. I've also used short stories to revisit characters from novels I've already written. Do you consider 99 cents to be a fair price for a standalone short story? Why or why not? Absolutely. The price just *fits*. In the future, I expect the price will go up (just like it has for music), adjusting for inflation and "star power", but for this moment in time, it's the perfect price. My only complaint is that the current royalty structure for the 99 cent price point is so low.