Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I've been writing off and on for years, but I only got serious about it about seven years ago. I finished the Rimes trilogy, an introduction to my science fiction setting and started hunting around for an editor. After that, I was ready to get into the indie publishing scene, but I was pushed to pursue traditional publishing. I finally decided the traditional publishers moved too slow and began researching indie publishing. Now I have the Rimes books out and book one of the Elite Response Force follow-on series ready to go early next year. I also have an urban fantasy series ready to launch in January 2017.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I just finished "Valley of Death", the second book in the Elite Response Force series. The first book in that series–"Turning Point"–was heavily influenced by the events detailed in "Black Hawk Down". "Valley of Death" takes its influence from Operation Anaconda (Afghanistan). The Elite Response Force series is, like the Rimes trilogy, military science fiction. The stories are set in a future about 150 years out from today. We have deep space travel, colonies, genetic engineering, synthetic bodies, and all sorts of other advancements, but humans themselves are still as problematic as today. People who've read the books consider them engaging but not for the weak of heart.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing comes to mind. My writing day begins after I get home from work and finally settle into the seat in front of the computer. I try to get after the writing pretty intensely once I get started. I don't really have much time for anything other than just writing, but I bet there's something unusual in what I do somewhere in the process.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I don't know that I've been influenced by anyone, but I loved reading Robert E. Howard's work, and I found Philip K. Dick's books full of brilliant ideas. I later discovered Michael Crichton and Richard Matheson.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on the first book in a post-apocalyptic series that should be done early next year.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm still learning the ropes on marketing. Everything seems to change in about a three month cycle, so I'm sure anything I learn now will be obsolete by March 2017.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Research the heck out of things. I spent a year listening to podcasts, reading blogs, etc., and I at least don't feel completely lost. Barely. No one and nothing can prepare you for the real thing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I'm still searching for success. Without success, it's tough to figure out what advice was good and what was useless.
What are you reading now?
I've been too swamped with writing and marketing to read for a little bit. I'll get back to reading after NaNoWriMo.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More of the same. I have to keep pushing myself, researching the craft, the market, and improving myself.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That answer changes depending on the a lot of things. It's easiest to say I don't have a single favorite book.