Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
During the day I work with numbers. After hours, I turn my attention to words. I am an indie author of romance novels. So far, I have written or co-written four books, but I have others in the pipeline. Of the two books I’ve co-written, I worked with Madison Hartt on one and Rosemary Carr on the other.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is A Dangerous Tune. I was inspired by an antique phonograph I spotted at a flea market. But I know nothing about antiques. I searched out some authors online and found one who had knowledge in this area, Rosemary Carr. I asked her if she would like to collaborate. She agreed.
Another of my inspirations for this book was the GMO labeling controversy. Though it doesn’t figure strongly in the story, Rosemary and I did give our female main character a history of trouble with food sensitivities. The research we did for this aspect of the story made me aware of just how many strange additives and chemicals are put into our food. It’s enough to make me want to plant a garden this year and grow my own food, even though I’m basically a lazy guy.
A Dangerous Tune deals with a young woman who inherits her grandmother’s antique phonographs. From the day the will is read, trouble starts for Kristol. Coincidentally or not, it’s the same day she meets a handsome stranger, Derek, who has been inexplicably appointed by her late grandmother as the executor. And a lot of money seems to be missing from the estate, which has Kristol’s relatives very upset.
One frightening incident piles upon another as Kristol tries to figure out who is targeting her and why. Her attraction to Derek is fraught with doubt. And it gradually becomes clear that Kristol’s very life is in danger.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so. Because of my work schedule, I sometimes write at odd hours.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I like Nicholas Sparks as far a romance authors are concerned. I’m also a huge fan of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Brad Thor. Going further back, I enjoy works by John Steinbeck, George Orwell, and JRR Tolkien. I am also intrigued by the writings of Asimov.
What are you working on now?
Rosemary Carr and I have just started a small-town mystery. It’s a bit of a different genre for both of us, but we are eager to give it a try.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I do have a website, but I’ve found Twitter to be my best tool for book promotion.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
No. I still feel like I’m a new author myself. I’m still learning.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
As far as writing, the best advice I’ve come across is to proofread your material again and again before publishing. The best advice I’ve heard with regard to life in general is to realize that what you do today determines what your future will be, so choose wisely.
What are you reading now?
I usually have several books going at once. Right in this moment, I’m reading Sink by Perrin Briar.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a couple of romance novels outlined, in addition to the mystery I’m working on with one of my co-authors. But for me personally, I’m thinking of exploring another genre, perhaps science fiction. As a lover of freedom, I’m intrigued by the concept of a society that would trade liberty for a benevolent-seeming tyranny and projecting that far into a future where the most of the characters are so brainwashed they can’t conceive of being independent of their government. A world where individualism is considered anathema and only conformity is prized, except, of course, for the elites at the top who rule over everyone else. I might stretch my writing wings a bit in that direction, if I can flesh out a story line that pleases me. Authors like Rand and Orwell have pretty much nailed that concept, but I still might give it a try.
What is your favorite book of all time?
It’s very difficult to choose one favorite, but if forced to, I would have to say The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I can go back to those stories again and again.