Tell us about yourself and your books.:
After I retired from law enforcement I decided it was time to write the story that had been sitting on the back of my mind for ages. I went to the local Barnes & Noble and bought all the magazines they had on writing. I knew I had to learn the craft. At the same time, I started the story. As I went to workshops, seminars and writer's conferences, I'd apply what I leaned to the story. After several years, I felt it was ready. A dear friend started a small publishing house and asked if I'd consider publishing with her. I did and I haven't looked back. I now have 12 books in publication. I have several series. One is a historical romance "Knights in Time," which has a time travel element. I have a contemporary thriller series set in Turkey called "Dangerous Waters." I've been writing a historical suspense series called "the Bloodstone Series." My new release, A Venomous Love, is the third book from that series. It is set in Victorian London and my protagonist is a London detective, Rudyard Bloodstone. I also have a WW2 romance novella series. I'm working on book 2 in that series.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't think so. I'm not superstitious by nature so I don't have rituals I follow when I sit down to write. I do set aside 3-4 hours in the afternoons to write and I try to do that six days a week. I try to get all my personal business done in the morning. I quit writing by five and spend the rest of the evening relaxing.
What authors have influenced you?
Bernard Cornwell writes the most visceral and dynamic battle scenes. In my Knights in Time series the Battle of Poitiers (1356) connects the heroes. I tried to recreate the visual strength of his works in my stories.
Julie Anne Long writes wonderful romances. I am not terribly comfortable writing love scenes and read through hers to give me direction.
Joe Wambaugh writes brilliant cop stories. He was with LAPD for years and knows how create police officers that have great humor and pathos.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Commit to putting aside time to write. It is so easy to say you'll do it tomorrow. Writing is dedicating time to sit and type words on the page. Even if your busy day only allows fifteen minutes. Use them.
Also, join a critique group if possible. Fresh eyes need to see your work, not just family and friends who might not be honest so as not to hurt your feelings.
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