Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Scott and I have written three novels together, though The Children of Cain: House of Dvanaesti is the first book we felt was strong enough to publish. We’ve also written several short plays and a couple of Christmas pageants for Churches together. That’s where we got our start. Scott has a degree in Musical Theatre and I have a degree in Creative Writing and another in Writing for Stage in Screen. We enjoyed working together on those short plays and pageants and wondered if we could write a novel together. We’d both received awards and accolades for our individual efforts and we wondered if two strong personalities each with his own laurels could learn to put his ego aside for the good of the story. So we tried it. That first novel has few good parts and a lot of bad parts, but we proved not only could we write a novel together we enjoyed it. We also recognized and respected the strengths each of us brought to the table. For Scott, it’s the ability to see the big picture and for me it’s the details.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Our latest novel is entitled The Children of Cain: House of Dvanaesti. It’s the first book in a series. Scott and I are both horror fans in general and vampire fans in particular. After we’d finished our second novel, we were playing a game of pool while we discussed what our next project should be. We spent a couple of hours throwing out ideas which neither of us were excited about. I mentioned that I had always wanted to write a vampire novel to which Scott smiled and said he was just about to say the same thing. He then went on to say he didn’t want to write the stereotypical vampire story. He wanted to re-imagine the birth of vampires and their place in history to which I smiled because I was about to say the same thing. We had no idea the story we wanted to tell would lead to a series, but we’re excited about how well the first book is being received. People keep asking us, “When is the second book coming out?” or demanding, “Tell me you’re writing the next book!”
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, outside of the fact we must save three times before any work we do is considered saved, and that a slinky tossed from hand to hand helps to break a block, probably the most unusual habit isn’t a habit at all but a necessity. When we started writing novels together, we each had full time jobs and families to raise so we could only write in the evenings once a week and if we were truly lucky, two evenings a week. Then David’s bride received an opportunity in her career they couldn’t refuse and they moved across country. So David and I now write one day a week (two if we’re lucky) via Skype.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Every thing each of us have ever read. Having said that, the two authors that have influenced us are Stephen King and Anne Rice. I would also have to give a big shout out to J.K. Rowling, who’s Harry Potter novels came into my life at a particularly difficult time and reminded me how much I love storytelling
What are you working on now?
We are currently working on Book 2 in the Children of Cain series. We also have notes and blocking for a time-travelling novel, a post-apocalyptic novel, and a political thriller.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
There’s an old adage which states that any publicity is good publicity. When you decide to independently publish or self-publish, you have to remember that social media is by far the cheapest and most effective method of promotion. You have to learn how to. as another old cliché states, “toot your own horn.” You must spend the time to look for great sites like this one to promote yourself and your work.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
In one word: Perseverance.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If you want to be a writer you have to be a reader.
What are you reading now?
Scott is currently re-reading “Called out of Darkness” by Anne Rice and I’m currently reading “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King
What’s next for you as a writer?
As we’ve said, we’re currently working on Book 2 of The Children of Cain series. We have a lot of writing after that. The hardest thing for us is not the next idea but the time to write on the ideas we already have.
What is your favorite book of all time?
For David it is a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. For Scott it is the Bible.
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