Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a 35 year old father of four who, prior to having kids, spent way too much time playing just about every kind of game one can imagine.
As of March, 2017, I have fifteen independently e-published novels including the currently seven book military space opera series, Spineward Sectors: Middleton's Pride, along with a handful of other short series' in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The last book I e-published was called The Middle Road, and it was the seventh installment in my ongoing Middleton's Pride series. As a science fiction and space opera story, the inspiration for these books comes from a variety of sources including cutting-edge technological innovations, scientific breakthroughs, astrophysics discoveries, advances in the fields of psychology and sociology, and pretty much anything else that sets my mental gears to 'spin' mode.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My writing habits are more ritualistic than unusual. I usually start my writing day with a short motorcycle ride from my house to building where I write. I then usually make up a pot of insta-coffee, followed by some cardboardium-infused cracker noodles, and don't stop until I've hit my word count target for the day or–as too often occurs–the sun goes down and it's time to head home.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I read a lot of the TSR fantasy books as a kid. Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms and the like. I read some Aasimov, some Arthur Clarke, and a few other luminaries as well, but when it comes to fiction writers I've probably been most directly influenced by the writers of great TV dialogue. Deadwood, primarily written by David Milch, had such impressive dialogue (much of which was profanity) that watching the series a few times transformed my perspective on the diverse applications of language in literature.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on the eighth book in the Middleton's Pride series, which will be titled 'A House United,' and will conclude a sub-trilogy within the soon-to-be nine book space opera series.
In addition to that novel, I have a handful of other half-finished projects (as I think all authors do) and a hundred times as many ideas floating around in my head.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm a novice at promoting books, but I'm hoping to change that shortly. I do have some wonderful fans I’ve connected with on Facebook, and they help a lot in getting the word out about my books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't try to be all things to all people–pick your favorite niche and attack it with everything you've got. And if you're ever in doubt, write it down. You can always edit it later if it really is as bad as you feared when you first typed it up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
1. Never spend your money before you’ve earned it. —Thomas Jefferson
2. Always be open to the possibility that you're wrong. —Science
3. You'll get further with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word. —Al Capone (Untouchables)
What are you reading now?
Various paper and pencil role-playing game sourcebooks.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More of the same, I suppose. Writing isn't flashy; it's a grind. Once you find the groove, stay in it for as long as humanly possible.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Romance of the Three Kingdoms (which inspires characters in most of my series')
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