Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Well this is my first of many to come
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
American Masquerade Party. It’s a short story collection that was written probably in a span of several years. This book doesn’t hold onto one particular genre. I don’t want to get typed as a writer that only does one thing. So I tried to spread my stories across different genres.
Each story in the book has an inspiration for me and before the story starts, I write a little intro to the reader on why I wrote that particular short.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
As I’m writing, and especially when I get to a particular scene in the book, I dig through my music files and try to match the right song with what’s going on within the book at that time. That gives me more of a profound understanding of the emotional value I’m trying to achieve.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King, R.L. Stine, John Grisham, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac. I’ve learned so much from just reading all their work over time. There’s lessons in those books, if you’re looking. And trust me, I’ve been looking for years. I think right now in my mid-30s I’m ready to show what I’ve learned from those guys in the twenty-five plus years I’ve been reading them.
What are you working on now?
Taking some time away and will be starting the second draft of a novel I started back in October of ’15. It’s about a man trying to cope with the reality of his wife leaving him, his son’s death and his daughter’s surprising pregnancy. And all the while he meets a girl twenty years younger than he which makes him finally see that all the bad stuff that has happened to him over the years is on him.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Twitter, any local newspapers, magazines, my own website, google plus, facebook…
Do you have any advice for new authors?
New advice? Hmmmm. Just read, read and read some more. I don’t know any writer that doesn’t read. There’s always a writer out there that does something different, or words something a certain way or paints a better picture. Its important to read as many writers as possible. Also it helps to exercise that brain of yours and write. Even if it’s nothing major, just train your brain to imagine worlds and people that aren’t there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
That you get one life to live and whatever you want to do just go for it. People a lot of times place restrictions on themselves and say that something is too hard or too much time consumption. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
What are you reading now?
Stephen King’s, Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Love his short story work.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Doing the second and third drafts of two different novels and writing short stories here and there. Definitely will be another short story collection in a few years.
What is your favorite book of all time?
God it has to be The Shining. I read that book over and over as a kid of fifteen. The dynamic of Jack and Danny was magnetic for me. I got the relationship King was painting between father and son.
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