Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
One thing I really hate is talking, or in this case writing, about myself. I’m intensely private and talking about myself feels intrusive to me. I’m outdoorsy; I like animals and nature, and I love yardwork. I also like solitude quite a bit. I’m not highly social, but I do value close friendships. I don’t have a favorite hobby or hangout. I can have fun doing almost anything anywhere as long as the company is good.
I’ve written a total of three novels, but I’ve published just one. I tend to hang on to things. Writing fiction is a compulsion for me not an occupation; although I’d like to make in one.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“The Presence” is the book I’m currently promoting, and is my first published novel. It was inspired by the death of my grandmother. I suppose writing was my way of dealing with her loss. She was a special person. Exactly how she inspired a horror novel is a mystery to me; she hated scary stories.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My most unusual writing habit is the obsessive need for a blue pen. The color of the ink doesn’t matter, but I must write with a blue pen, or at least have a blue pen in my line of vision when writing longhand or typing on a computer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My influences come mostly from classic authors; Edgar Allen Poe is a favorite of mine, and so is Charles Dickens. I was an avid reader of Sherlock Holmes stories as a child so I guess I can add Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to my list of literary heroes. Robert Louis Stevenson is another brilliant writer that I admire. Washington Irving definitely belongs on this list as does H.P. Lovecraft.
What are you working on now?
I have a list of story ideas in my desk right now, but I never discuss my projects or the characters in them until the story is complete. It kills my writing mojo.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m new at the book promotion gig, so I can’t really answer that question accurately. I don’t keep a blog because I can’t be bothered coming up with posts; it takes away from my other responsibilities. I generally use WattPad as my central online hub. There are a lot of creative kids over there who are honing their craft, and I’ve found a few professional authors there whose work I like.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you’re passionate about, and not the flavor of the moment. It’s easy to be drawn into writing fast-selling trash; we all need to make a living, but the creative satisfaction won’t be there. When a writer is passionate about his work, it comes out in the writing and readers can feel it too. It’s the creative passion, the art of words and language that draws in readers.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give readers information they don’t need to know. This is especially helpful during the editing stage. Everything an author writes must move the plot along and enhance character development. Beautiful prose that doesn’t lead anywhere is a waste of time and effort.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently going over an amateur story on WattPad. I get asked fairly often to help young writers improve their craft.
What’s next for you as a writer?
What’s next? Writing another book, obviously.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I don’t have a single favorite book; there are too many good ones out there. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a favorite of mine. I go back to re-read it periodically. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Count of Monte Cristo are also favorites.
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