Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi. I've written three books. The Sun God's Heir Trilogy. I've been a musical playwright for a number of years and my musicals, for young people, are published and done throughout the US and abroad. I began writing these novels in 2007 so I'm an overnight success. I have a family and am in the early stages of grandfatherhood, a most wonderful stage to reach. Oh yeah, the books. They're meant to give you a few hours respite from daily routine. I'm grateful to the many authors who've provided me with a moment's transport.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Sun God's Heir: Return (Book One) I woke up one morning with the basic elements of this story. It remained dormant until a friend turned me on to NANOWRIMO, and before I knew it, I had the first fifty thousand words of the story. I have since added another nine hundred and fifty thousand and the story is now complete. I hope you enjoy it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
You mean, do I write naked? Nope. Just getting my butt into the chair is my biggest difficulty and I'm grateful when it finds its way.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
All of them. It's trite, but I have loved reading since Mrs. Walker read The Black Stallion by Walter Farley to us in the sixth grade. On that fateful day when she ran out of time to read, I became a reader and have been grateful ever since.
What are you working on now?
The second trilogy of The Sun God's Heir series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My Book Place. How could I think of any other. In truth, there is no one best method. Keep showing up. Whether in writing or marketing, that's your best method.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write the story. Get it out. Don't worry about all the warts. I promise you we all have that critical factor sitting on our shoulders doing its best to throw monkey wrenches into the works. The greatest fear is what happens if I finish and it's stinko? So we find all kinds of 'reasons' to slow down the process. Even reading this. 🙂 Get back into the chair and write it. Then you can spend all the time you like polishing it. Find the best editor you can.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Get your butt into the seat and write. The rest of it will come together.
What are you reading now?
Jay Alan's books.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep showing up. Find new characters to tell me their stories.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Ursula Lequin's, The Earthsea Trilogy. That's the one that comes to mind, but truly there are many.