Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a stay at home dad and freelance writer. Most of my work is found on major websites with no name attached.
As for fiction I've written eight novels: Attacked Beneath Antarctica is the fifth I've published under my own name, and the seventh novel I've written. The eighth is about to move into pre-production. In addition to my own works I've also ghostwritten two novelizations.
My first two published novels were Amadar, a heroic fantasy, and Price of Imperium, which is space opera. I'm currently in the process of getting new covers for both, and may eventually write sequels.
Most of my current work is the Doc Vandal series, which is my own take on a Doc Savage-inspired pulp adventure series with the dial turned up a few notches in the direction of super-science and a solid helping of talking gorillas for seasoning. It's my way of sharing my love of the pulps and 1930s science ficiton with more current sensibilities.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Attacked Beneath Antarctica, which is the third in my Doc Vandal pulp adventure series. The inspiration for this one was H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness. I loved the idea of a lost alien city in Antarctica, so I came up with my own spin on the concept.
It was written as a fun pulp adventure at the South Pole with everything from Zeppelins, to submarines, talking gorillas, alien invaders, and of course Nazis. They make such great villains for 1930s adventures.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't know; not unless you consider that I do most of my writing in Scrivener on my Mac or iPad, but I'm primarily a Windows user.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
It's almost too many to mention, but here are a few: Robert E. Howard, E.E. "Doc" Smith, Fritz Leiber, Pat Conroy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Lester Dent, and H.P. Lovecraft.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I'm working on the fifth Doc Vandal adventure, The Sunkiller Affair. I've finished the fourth, Giant Robots of Tunguska, and am getting ready to put it in the publication pipeline.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
In the past it's been word of mouth. Historically I haven't been the world's best promoter.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
For new self-publishing authors, I say get a good cover and pay the artist. For new writers, I say sit down and do the writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Fiction is Folks, it's a writing book by Robert Newton Peck, and it's a daily reminder that all stories are about people. If you can get your readers interested in your characters, you have them hooked.
What are you reading now?
Pat Savage: Six Scarlet Scorpions.
I'm also reading a lot of comics.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To write and publish more. I have lots of stories to tell. I need to finish the current Doc book and somewhere carve out time for at least three unrelated stories.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
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