Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? Writing memorializes life and shapes society.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? I don't often experience writer's block, but when I do, it usually means I don't know what I want to write. To cure that, I begin outlining and thinking.

What is your favorite time to write? Morning.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Read like it's your job.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? What excites me is that these are interesting times. What scares me is the creeping specter of censorship.

Charles F. Bowman's How Things Work: The Computer Science Edition is out August 26 with CRC Press.