Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born and raised in New York City, and after moving to Los Angeles, I earned a Masters degree from the University of Southern California. I am the author of seven novels in the Burnside Mystery series.
Post Pattern was my first novel and was a finalist in the Private Eye Writers of America contest for best new mystery. I live in Los Angeles with my wife and son.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called DOUBLE PASS, and the inspiration came from a news article about a local high school football coach who was accused of skimming money from his school's booster fund. After that, I let my imagination run wild. To my knowledge, he was never involved in any murders!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write best after taking a long walk. Sorry, that's my biggest quirk, aside from occasionally realizing I am still in my pajamas at two o'clock in the afternoon.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
In the mystery field, my biggest influences have come from the giants in the field — Raymond Chandler, Ross McDonald, Robert B. Parker, Janet Evanovich. But I also have gained so much through reading the likes of John Updike, David Rakoff, Saul Bellow, James Baldwin and Charles Bukowski.
What are you working on now?
I am taking a break from my Burnside series and writing a stand-alone novel, a political thriller centering around the assassination of a Presidential candidate.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Bookbub. Nothing else compares.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. The more you write, the better you get. And don't pay too much attention to reviews (except the glowing ones, of course!).
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The key to life is forgiveness.
What are you reading now?
"Sixkill" by Robert B. Parker, along with a host of books written by former secret service agents.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'll see how the stand-alone novel works out. I may try another, I may go back to writing more in the Burnside Series.
What is your favorite book of all time?
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I don;t believe I have ever read a book that was so painfully insightful and so damning of the way our society functions.