Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm an author/musician and international traveler living in Vancouver, Canada. I've written four novels all available on Amazon, and one novella. Two new novels are currently in the works.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called Vita Aeterna. It's a YA/Scifi novel about a world where a procedure called 'Appraisal', which has the potential to extend life, is available to all. Unfortunately, Appraisal has some hitches. It can only be performed once, and the results are unpredictable, sometimes even shortening life.
The book was inspired by the idea that different species have different lifespans, and that in the future it might be possible to 'tweak' a person's lifespan.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I used to take the ferry quite often from my home in Vancouver to Victoria, on a nearby island, a trip of about two hours, and I used to do much of my writing on that ferry. Nowadays I write mostly at home, and in nearby coffee shops (coffee is essential!).
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have wide-ranging tastes, though I gravitate toward adventure stories in exotic locals with lots of action. People like Ken Follet, Wilbur Smith, James Hilton.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on sequels to two of my novels: The Black Heart of the Station, and my latest, Vita Aeterna.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I just try to get my name out to as many as possible. I think it's necessary to pay, to a certain extent, to get the word out, though you have to be choosy about which sites offer the best bang for the buck.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I believe that the biggest challenge for an independent author like myself is obscurity. I regularly have free promotions of my books, and I've found that that's the best way to get the word out.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice is that nothing beats hard work. It doesn't guarantee that you'll succeed, but lack of it guarantees that you'll fail.
What are you reading now?
I'm currently reading 'Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi's Autobiography', by Sri M, a fascinating look at the life of a Yogi in India.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As they say: 'You're only as good as your last performance'. I plan to keep writing, exploring new worlds in my head, being creative, and having fun.
What is your favorite book of all time?
There are so many. I'll go with Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I love the black humour, and the scathing political commentary.