Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a first-time self-published author with a big story to tell. I've spent most of my life on the east coast of the US anywhere between Maine and Pennsylvania. I also spent a few years in Japan doing relief and non-profit work. Currently I'm in southern Maine where I live with my wife and three sons. I once saw Stephen King at a local pharmacy.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
ECHOWAKE is a fantasy and steampunk novel. Some of the ideas for this book I can trace all the way back to my sketchpad in sixth grade. I had drawings, maps and little bits of story for pages and pages. Years later I decided to take those ideas and turn them into something tangible. Since I was never much of an artist, I threw my creativity into writing!
The world, ideas and characters evolved greatly over the years, but the end result is a world I just don't want to leave.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I make heavy use of the text-to-speech feature of Scrivener. It catches so many things I miss when just reading it on my own.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I'm a big fan of more classic fantasy, like Tolkien and Eddings. In more recent years I've read Martin and Rothfuss and I'm just blown away by the vivid details these authors create.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on the direct sequel to Echowake. The main outline is complete and writing is progressing nicely. I've learned so much making the first book the second time is already going a lot smoother. I'm addicted, I just can't leave this world behind!
I'm also gathering details and inspiration for a sidequel titled The Strength of Words and a distant era prequel. More details available on the website!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
www.echowake.com is the main home for my books. You can also find me at facebook.com/echowake or twitter.com/echowake.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Have fun creating something that doesn't exist, but that you really want to exist. If you enjoy the process, people will enjoy the result.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It's true what they say. If you are a writer, you need to read. A lot! Reading good books will passively improve your own skill. Several times when reading other books I'll notice something and think, "I didn't think writers were allowed to do that!" Reading helps learn the ins and outs of the medium.
What are you reading now?
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I won't be quitting my day job anytime soon, but for sure expect more books from me. And in much less time than it took the first one!
What is your favorite book of all time?
I don't know if it's possible to say. As far as re-readability, I'll go with the Silmarillion by Tolkien.