Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have had one book published.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The idea of being trapped – both physically and mentally came to me and morphed into the book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Does drinking copious amounts of coffee count?
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I can honestly say I've been influenced by every single book I've read from the greats (Steinbeck, Atwood, Laurence) to the lesser know authors whose works may be considered more "low brow." I feel that you can learn from everyone and everything and take away what you want.
What are you working on now?
Two new and completely different novels. One is a YA fantasy and one is a more reality based work of adult fiction.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My publisher has a great website.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep on writing. If you do get published prepare for the post publisher blues – your life does not begin or end with the publishing of the book – it keeps grinding along.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't apologize for your work. With the internet now there are a lot of haters and a lot of trolls, so I almost was trying to beat them to the punch when I talked about my book beginning with something like "oh, it's not a great work of fiction but …" until a good friend of mine stopped me and said: "you need to stop apologizing for your book. You wrote it be proud of it." Great advice.
What are you reading now?
Many different books on the go.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Trying to carve out time to actually write. I work an office job now, so the last thing I want to do when I get home is look at my computer.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Grapes of Wrath