Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m an independent filmmaker and playwright (now novelist!) from Winnipeg; a small prairie Candian city smack dab in the middle of North America. I live with my wife of 23 years, 3 kids and a cat named Sue. "Horrormania '79" is the only book I've ever written.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is titled "Horrormania '79: Memoirs of a Ten Year old Horror Fan." Inspiration was drawn from my youth growing up as a "Monster Kid" (a recently coined term for those of us who grew up in the 60's/70's who were big fans of horror movies such as Universal Monsters movies, Hammer films, scifi movies and lovers of Halloween. The magazines "Famous Monsters of Filmland" and to a certain degree "Fangoria" were our bibles). But the idea to write the book came years ago while I was watching "A Christmas Story." I came to the realization that I had a humorous story to tell, only with a Halloween slant.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing unusual that I know of. I write every day from 5:45 am until I have to go to work which is around 7:45 am (Monday to Friday). I write in the mornings on the weekend and I always write while listening to movie scores and drinking coffee. Wait a minute…OK, this might be a little unusual…I always play "Hilarious House of Frightenstein" on the TV in my office in the background (on mute). But doesn't everybody?
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Hmmmm…I don’t really have a favorite author. I suppose, because I am such a massive fan of the “Twilight Zone,” I’d have to say Ray Bradbury or Richard Matheson and of course I admire Rod Serling tremendously. His work definitely inspires me; the messages in all of his stories, how fast he worked and just how vast his imagination was. He was very intelligent.
What are you working on now?
I've begun work on a book about the Video store movie rental age. I worked at two video stores in the 80's and 90's and feel it is my duty to document the era while it is still relatively not so far removed!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I haven't really found one yet. I'm still in a bit of an "infancy" stage with the promoting of my work so I'm still conducting research and feeding off of other author's reviews and feedback.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Research, research, and more research. Know what you're writing! And this old credo (which is easier said than done): Discipline!
What are you reading now?
I just started "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Continuing my research and gathering as much information as I can on the Video Store era for my next book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
"Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas" by Dale Pollock