Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a political novelist, and I’m on my eighth novel now. Before that, I practiced law for over 30 years. My goal is to write engaging fictional stories about real-life issues.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
For my latest novel, “Killer.com,” I thought it may be interesting to write about what would happen if a group of Internet bullies went one step further and decided to anonymously hire a killer to murder someone. What I discovered during my research surprised me. There are actually murder-for-hire sites on the Dark Net.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I follow Hemingway’s method, which is to “sit at the typewriter and bleed.” In my case, it’s a PC. Not sure I could survive with a typewriter.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am heavily influenced by the classics. My favorite authors are Steinbeck, Dickens and Wilde.
What are you working on now?
My work in progress is a labor of love. About five years ago, when my dad was diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, he gave me a manuscript that was mostly non-fiction on the financial collapse, and asked me to make it into a work of meta fiction. He doesn’t remember that he wrote the book, but I hope he will enjoy reading it when I’m done. It’s called “Terror on Wall Street.”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
After two years of being rejected, I finally was accepted twice by Book Bub. They have increased my sales by 100%. I also like Book Bucks, Ereader News Today and Bargain Booksy, in that order, for 99 cent countdown deals.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice is never to give up and never to let a negative review get you down. People are going to love your work, but some people are going to hate it and say that it is no good. That doesn’t mean it’s no good.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“When they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” It is the epigraph of Farenheit 451 and is attributed to Juan Ramon Jimenez.
What are you reading now?
“Bum Rap” by Paul Levine
What’s next for you as a writer?
I will see what the wind blows after “Terror on Wall Street.” I think that Brent Marks of the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series will probably take on a new case. What type of case? Don’t know yet.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My next one!