Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world?
For me, writing feeds my artistic side. As a physician, my right brain is oft-neglected. For the world, books exposure others to new ideas, whether they be gentle or radical. Reading requires you to think about the words, unlike the visual arts, which can be passively absorbed.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block?
A walk or other quiet time outside the house where I have no distractions (maybe I should clean the sink? I wonder who's trending on Twitter?) and can ponder freely.

What is your favorite time to write?
Whenever I can sneak in a few hundred words.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers?
It's been said many ways by many people: turn off your inner critic and just write. Examples: "You can't edit a blank page," "Just vomit on the page," or my personal favorite (from Elmore Leonard, natch), "Write the book the way it should be written, then give it to somebody to put in the commas and shit."

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age?
The community is expanding in exciting and diverse ways--long overdue.

J.L. Delozier's Con Me Once is out now with The Wild Rose Press.