Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an author from the Minneapolis area who also works as a bus driver and retail clerk at a liquor store to afford my writing obsession. At the moment, I have written upwards of ten novels but only have managed to publish two of them. Of those novels, seven of them are part of a fantasy-adventure book series set in a mystical world known as Gaia.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest novel that was published or my latest novel written? Well, the first answer is The Buccaneer of Nemaris: Of Forests and Friends – this is a novel that explores a person's desire to please their elders and also discover that sometimes it takes more than the power of friendship to solve the world's problems. My inspiration comes from many sources, but certainly a love of role-playing video games and personal history have helped to drive that story's plot. My latest novel is a new series that takes place in the San Juan Islands of Washington State where a mermaid suddenly appears on a young woman's fishing dock the day after another young woman goes missing in the town of Friday Harbor.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
What's usual for one writer might be ordinary for another. I tend to put on music to help me write, along with a cup of tea or the occasional beer – maybe once I become famous I can switch to single malt scotch, but always in moderation! But to be clear, alcohol is not necessary, and certainly optional for writing. I also tend to work late into the night if I really get inspired.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My biggest inspirations include the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and his world of Middle Earth, along with the realms of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. Other works from those of Dan Brown and Susan Collins have also fueled my writing, along with The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and others.
What are you working on now?
In between other projects this year I've been refining book three, which is known as The Buccaneer of Nemaris: Of Scimitars and Sands. The novel features a young orphan named Ketze who is destined to become the next sultan of a fallen empire in the desert, as well as a genie who challenges him not to use any wishes to accomplish his goals.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
in all fairness, my best resource is my personal website at www.buccaneerofnemaris.com – unfortunately, it does not get a lot of traffic and I have yet to be discovered by many readers. Most of my customers have met me in person, as that is currently where I have sold the most books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If my own story is proof positive of this fact, I can say with true honesty that you have to be persistent, even infatigable – the only writers who wake up one day and find themselves famous are those who either are celebrities, are already self-wealthy, or incredibly lucky (and hopefully modest enough to say so.) The best advice I received was to keep writing and have a love for the art – having that passion will ultimately bring money to continue that passion. It's been ten years since my first novel was published, and I still have work to do. Don't give up and keep trying.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
As I stated above, the best advice I received came from a man named Milt. He told me that if I love writing, money will follow. I'll admit it's taken a long time, but I love my craft. Even if it hasn't made me rich yet, I try to write every day and keep my mind active for the next idea.
What are you reading now?
I recently picked up a creative nonfiction novel that explores the reality of our technology-dependent world we live in called Born Digital. My three nieces and nephew will never grow up in a world that has lived without the internet, without constant surveillance on security cameras, and also a world that doesn't depend solely on social media. It is interesting how my own childhood in the 1980s has become so much different than theirs in such a short time.
What’s next for you as a writer?
The next project, the next story, editing, whatever it is. I also write a fan fiction series – mainly for fun – that includes a wizard, a mermaid, and a girl who can transform into a car. Perhaps that's the start of a bad joke? At any rate, I have worked on that series for almost twenty years and it is a continual project that can be found on my DeviantArt blog, if you're into stuff that might not be considered public domain or commonplace.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The first book that really fueled my writing and engrossed me into a fantasy world would have to be The Search For Delicious by Natalie Babette. It started with a simple question – what defines delicious? – and sends a young boy into the world to get everyone's opinion. The way that such an innocent question can send the world into an uproar is clever and thought-provoking, and even a little magical with the inclusion of Ardis the mermaid who somehow manages to convince the world that a soothing drink that parches the roughest throat can be truly delicious. Lovely little story.
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