Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born and raised in Ohio, and still live there. I like spending time with my wife and kids, listening to music, watching interesting movies (especially if they're based on a true story), reading, and of course writing. "Surrender" is my first book I have had published (traditionally) and I am currently working on a prequel (title TBD) that I hope will be released next year. I don't know yet if I'm going to go the traditional route or self-pub with the second one.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I'm currently working on a prequel to my fairy tale (Christian Fiction) book, "Surrender." I do not have a working title yet, but I have some ideas. I will certainly narrow the title down by the time I'm finished with it–some time next year hopefully. I had so much fun with "Surrender" that I've decided the main character from that book (PoBo the big hairy Sasquatch) will make a cameo in this one. Also, right now I'm thinking the prequel will have more humans as characters rather than animals, yet still with a supernatural theme.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I write when inspiration comes, and I make sure to write quickly while the creative juices are flowing so I don't lose my thought . . . even if I have to scribble it on a napkin or whatever else is nearby.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
First off, the Bible – the greatest book of them all; Stephen King (many of his books), J.K. Rowling (the whole Harry Potter universe she created for us); C.S. Lewis – Chronicles of Narnia; Mitch Albom – Tuesdays with Morrie; and the list goes on and on.
What are you working on now?
A prequel (title TBD) to my first book. My first book "Surrender" (which is kind of C.S. Lewis-esque in that I used animals to convey Christian ideals) is going to be similar to the prequel in some respects.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My group page on Facebook – Surrender Group.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
To write is human, but to edit is divine.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Regarding fiction: To write about what you know, and then make up the rest.
What are you reading now?
A novel by Peter Schmotzer called Unplanned Connections. He's a local author I recently met at a book signing held in a library that I used to frequent often as a kid. Here to find out, we both went got our degrees at Kent State University. I'm about a quarter of the way through his book right now and so far I really like it. It's about the ups and downs in life, and how faith can really turn people around if they are willing to, well, surrender . . . which, in essence, is what my book is really about. I'm a firm believer in miracles, and this story so far has many.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope and pray that my first book gets even more awareness. Since I'm a newly published author, I know it takes a while to get your name out. Hopefully the prequel will propel things forward even faster. I'll have to wait and see what God has in store for me. He's always been there for me, and so I'm not afraid. There are a lot of storms in life, but sometimes the sun shines through and a rainbow appears.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Besides the Bible, I would have to say Stephen King's "The Stand."