Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Like every other author, I've been writing stories my whole life. When I saw Pulp Fiction for the first time, I knew I wanted to write. In 2001, I attended the New York Film Academy and wrote scripts constantly since. Just this year, my fiance and I decided to leave everything behind one day (literally we packed up and left within a week of our decision), and moved to Thailand where I currently reside and am focusing on novel writing. So far, I've written four full length novels and six novellas.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My next book is called Mr. Miracle and it was inspired from an article I read about a guy that won the lottery twice. From there, I blended articles I read about people that jumped from skyscrapers but lived by freak accidents to create a character. I also included a real life guy who robbed a house and tried to sell the goods to a pawnshop only to discover the owner of the pawnshop was the owner of the stuff he was trying to sell, and mixed it all in with a Thailand setting.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I chain smoke and guzzle cold coffee like it's going out of style. I also tend to read a book which is similar to the voice of my own while I write. So I'll write a scene, or a chapter, and then read a scene or a chapter for inspiration and to make sure I'm not veering off course from the sound of the book. This is normally Elmore Leonard.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I think there are plenty of authors that influence you in some way or the other, even if you don't write in those genres or styles, that you might not recognize on the surface. My main influence is Elmore Leonard, but I also find facets of Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, Ed McBain, and Stephen King finding their way into my work. I'm also influenced by other sources, such as David Mamet, David Milch, Aaron Sorkin, and Quentin Tarantino.
What are you working on now?
I have two ideas rummaging through my brain right now. One is about a guy who fakes ghosts in reality ghost shows so he can buy the house for cheap and flip it. The other is a failed author who writes a book detailing the last year of his life before he commits suicide. He doesn't and only leaves it for his wife so he can see if she ever loved him.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This is the first time I'm doing any promotion so I honestly have no idea!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I had this long thing I wrote but I erased it. Here it is: Find an author you like and copy their style. Doing this, you'll eventually develop your own style. Read a lot and pull from everything and you'll make your own voice.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"If it sounds like writing, rewrite it" – Elmore Leonard. Another of my favorites is "Don't write the parts readers tend to skip."
His Ten Rules of Writing should be a must read for anyone that wants to write a book.
What are you reading now?
I'm between writing books right now, doing the promoting thing, so I'm actually reading four books! The Girl on the Train is probably the most popular one. The other ones are Indies.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have no idea, that's why I gave up my life back home, so I don't know what each day has in store for me! Hopefully I get to keep writing and earning the right to entertain readers!
What is your favorite book of all time?
I'd have to say my favorite book is Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard. The opening of that book is just amazing. The whole book is.