Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an artist, first and foremost, specializing in a number of digital and traditional mediums. I decided to become an author 3 years ago, and I only consider myself one now because I just released my first book. I have worked on other books before, but always as an illustrator only. I am quite pleased to be wearing both hats now.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Fawxie Finds the Bravery is inspired by my family as well as the success of other authors. I saw what Potter, Everdeen, and Pevensies have done in this world and wanted that for myself. The inspiration to use my family as characters in my story comes from Emily Elizabeth from Clifford the Big Red Dog and the desire to immortalize loved ones in story form.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write fast and then take a long time fine-tuning. It took me 5 months to write Fawxie Finds the Bravery and that was 160,000 words. It ended up being over 170,000 but most of the 3 years was spent on artwork and editing.
I also adopt strange, arguably dangerous, sleep cycles. I primarily slept four hours or less for most of those 3 years, which gave me approximately 2 extra months to work in each year, in comparison to sleeping 8 hours… I do not recommend this method.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
CS Lewis is my favorite author, so far at least. I have much more to read. I am also fond of JRR Tolkien, Anthony Burgess, Sir James M. Barrie, Roald Dahl, and Frank Miller. I haven't read JK Rowling's work yet, but I am still a Harry Potter fan.
What are you working on now?
I am taking some time to do art commissions while I take an art break from The Tales of Fawxie, though I still work on sketches for that story. I am also currently writing Fawxie Feels the Dawn – the second tale in the series. Once I complete that I'll be back to painting: working on chapter illustrations, characters, technology, and locations from the second tale.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use Facebook and word of mouth primarily, but Google searching the internet is a major help as it leads to places like this and other forms of promotion that I am new to.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I find advice can be toxic. But for those who like to hear it anyways I'd advise to take advice from other's with a bucket of salt. At the end of the day, most advice comes from sources that will be unaltered if you fail. Don't be afraid to be motivated by seeing someone else achieving a goal that you can achieve yourself, they are no better than you even if they got there first. You can get there too.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do not to take advice from others if you know what you're doing.
What are you reading now?
World War Z.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Six more children's novels for The Tales of Fawxie and three graphic novels for DELETE – the sequel tale.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Either I have not read it yet or it doesn't exist. The war within that ensued from trying to pick a favorite is evidence to that fact.