Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Like so many authors, I loved to read as a child. I devoured books starting with the Heinlein juveniles (There was no Harry Potter when I grew up!) I went to college, lived my life and joined the Navy. Twenty years later I settled in the bay area with my wife, convinced I would work in the defense/tech sector until I retired. Life is what happens when you make plans. I was laid off during the sequesters and I couldn't just play golf. I started writing. I've written seven books with number eight ready to go and nine about half way done. I have ideas in my head for at least three more, so I have plenty to keep me busy
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book is called Thief In Need. It is the second in my series of "Thief" books. I have always been fascinated with high end crime. The planning and intricate ballet that must happen before a major heist has always been interesting. My first published work is Thief in law which tells the story of a gang of thieves as they pull off a couple of jobs and try to stay away from the Russian mob. Thief in Need continues the story when a relative of one of the characters gets killed and the man calls upon the gang to help him get the killer. It is all set in Wall Street and the world of high finance.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am an every day plodded. I sit every day at my computer and write. Two hours or ten, it doesn't matter. Just write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My gosh. Heinlein of course. Poul Anderson, Asimov, Brian Sanderson, Stephen King, John Sanford. I also greatly respect J.K. Rowling and her work. My favorite book has to be Dune by Frank Herbert. For world building, mind bending science fiction it was light years ahead of its time.
What are you working on now?
I have taken a complete left turn from Sci fi and Thrillers.
I got a crazy idea for a magic system in my head. It involves charged subatomic particles trapped in the crystal matrices of gem stones. The ability comes on when puberty hits, so the lead character is a twelve year old girl. The always say- "write what you know!" I'm writing it for the MG or tween market with trying my best to keep it clean. It is a huge departure from all the sex cussing and violence in my other novels. Beyond all the magic it is a coming of age story.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I honestly wish I knew one. The ancillary stiff to writing is what is keeping me awake at night.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write once, edit seventeen times.
Oh, and that email telling you they can translate your books into chinese? Its a scam!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Dare. If someone doesn't like what you've done, move on from them.
What are you reading now?
Just about to start Fire and Fury, the trump novel
What’s next for you as a writer?
Lets see how this MG idea works out. It is a crowded field but I kind of like it.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I mentioned that it was Dune by Frank herbert
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