Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a stay-at-home dad with a beautiful wife and a daughter on the way. A big part of what I do is done for them; they are my motivation. Exploration was at first a hobby, which grew into a passion. I've written little things before, but I could never seem to display the amazing sights that I saw correctly. So with this album, "Exploration," I've decided to show others what I see, instead of trying to write it out.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"Exploration" was actually an idea that I just recently had. I do some photography here and there, mainly for my wife to see when I return home. My family also enjoys seeing my photos, and always look forward to viewing the amazing sights I get to be in every day. Their interest and curiosity is what led me to believe that others would want to see these photos as well. So I did something different, collecting some photos on my last trip and creating the album, "Exploration."
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It's not unusual, I guess, but I try to be as relaxed and as comfortable I can possibly be every time I do my work. I believe it shows with better quality and more creative ideas. I also try to take a break as often as possible. Not too much, as that would lead to distraction, but enough to remain fresh.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Oh my. Too many to all mention. Orson Scott Card primarily, I would say. Science fiction and space have been my biggest pursuits from an early age. Margaret Peterson Haddix, of course. Her style is one of which that cannot be copied. Other honorable mentions would have to be Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Tom Clancy.
What are you working on now?
I am exploring the reaches of space, attempting to find more sights that have remained hidden for thousands of millenia. I will photograph these sights and bring them back for everyone to enjoy. It has always been my motivation to bring joy.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
When it comes to promotion, I usually head to www.fiverr.com. I can usually find reasonable individuals who will advertise my books on their website, bookstore, etc.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My biggest piece of advice: just get it out. If you have an idea, write it out. Don't get hung up on the details. Get something on paper and work with it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up. Pretty standard advice, but advice many forget.
What are you reading now?
At the moment: "Rainbow Six" by Tom Clancy. A riveting novel on tactics and action.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My next course of action will be to find the next idea. To pursue a dream. To continue, to chase. I will walk this path we call life and stop for every sight, attraction and interest.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That would have to be "Ender's Game," by Orson Scott Card. A riveting novel, with philosophical values and deep questions. Not to mention a rocketing plot, and complex characters that you will fall in love with.