Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I fell in love with writing in the fourth grade. To date, I have had four books published – one of which was under a pen name. Besides writing, I a have a lot of interests. Right now, I'm serving as the assistant pastor of a local baptist church. I have three goats as pets – we don't milk them and would never even consider eating them. I'm happily married to the most wonderful woman in the world (and no, my wife didn't tell me to write that). I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and have enjoyed working with youths for well over a decade.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Revenge Fires Back, the second edition, is my latest release. It was inspired by the accounts I heard from many foster children and their families when I fostered for several years. Over and over again, I heard stories of children being removed from their families for things that I felt they should not have been removed for. Sometimes, one bad decision on a parent's part was all it took and I don't know about you, but I know I'm not a perfect person and I don't think anyone else is either. I heard stories of how some families were completely abused by the foster care system. Yes, there were some who had wonderful experiences and some children who definitely needed to be removed from their biological families. But this book was inspired by the many families I had the privilege of working with.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not that I can think of – unless getting up in the morning to write down a dream that I might be able to use later counts?
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I don't know that there is one particular writer or book that has influenced my writing. The Bible influences my life, but my passion for writing is just a gift God has blessed me with.
What are you working on now?
I have a Christian mystery coming out on October 14, 2017. It's titled "Hidden in Harmony" and is about a devoted Christian family who makes the decision to take a homeless man into their house. Their intentions are good, but they soon learn he has previously been accused of horrible acts. Awful things begin happening in their household and in their community. They are forced to make difficult decisions – trying to honor God, yet trying to protect their family and those they love.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Word of mouth is definitely the best way to promote books. I have developed a book launch team of people who work together to help me make my books as successful as possible. I use a lot of social media advertising and am currently experimenting with multiple free and paid advertising options.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write, write, write. Don't give up. Share your heart. Don't be afraid to have fun!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Folks are just folks. Don't worry what people think about you. Some people will love you, some people will hate you. There's nothing you can do about that.
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
Getting "Hidden in Harmony" launched is my next priority – from there I don't know.
What is your favorite book of all time?