Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a full-time author and ghostwriter that has crafted a truly epic fantasy novel that will take you to the ends of a world of magic, alien vistas, and ultimate evil. My Master’s Degree in Physics often plays well in his creation of other worlds, and I am the author of both the Maldene series and his Inspector Flaatphut series, as well as others yet to be seen. In total, I have penned about 30-40 novels of my own, all of them with a blend of both Fantasy and Sci-Fi that I tailor specifically for that particular series.
I just have this one problem with writing, though: I can't stop! When I'm not working on my own projects I'm working on someone else's, and currently has ideas for a LOT more… if I can just find the time away from the rest of it.
So how much is "a lot" when it comes to my works? Well, Maldene is a *thirteen* book series, of which the original Maldene Volume One and Maldene Volume Two are actually just the first full novel in the series (had to split it, long story, won't do it again). My Inspector Flaatphut series is comprised of the original short story, a novella, and four short novels ("short" for me is 100,000 words). Then there's my Cyberdawn series (cyberpunk, fantasy, plus conspiracies abound), which is another 5 novels averaging about 300,000 words each. then there was the Land Of The Hive series that someone asked me to write with her for another 8 books (about 125,000-140,000 words each), and… well, you get the idea.
Basic stats for the Maldene series: 13 full novels averaging about 375,000 words each (Book 13 is only a shade shorter than War and Peace) totaling an incredible 5.2 million words (the single longest series, I believe), with some 250 characters, and a plot that stretches across the many lands of Maldene, other dimensions, other worlds, and throughout thousands of years. The first couple of Maldene books alone will bring you across about 4-5 different continents, two worlds, and a rather strange dimension or two, in a story that one blogger described as being "LOTR meets The Odyssey". And on top of all that, Maldene has its own language which I use from time to time (that's right, this author has invented his own dictionary and alphabet).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest one I've released is Maldene II: Mysteries of Olde. This is the second full novel in the Maldene series (the first is split into Maldene Volume One and Maldene Volume Two for reasons that were beyond my control at the time, but never again). Inspiration? As a kid I always wanted to see the ultimate bad guy, and one thing led to another and Well, his name is "Miro" (pronounced as "My- Roh").
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I gotta have my music; it keeps me going for my 8-10 hour stints and is one of the reasons why I never get writer's block (yes you read that right: *NEVER*)
What authors, or books have influenced you?
All of them. Starting from about age 12-13, whenever I'd read something I'd make a note in the back of my head as to what I liked about the way he did something in the story or how he wrote it, then let it all percolate around in there back of my head for a couple of decades.
What are you working on now?
Ghostwriting for clients, so I can't say more on that, but as soon as I'm able to clear enough time, there's this other world I've been making notes on. A world with (currently) 16 moons and no humans; oh and water is deadly there, so the oceans are of something else. I built that original premise up into several pages of notes at this point.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm a novelist not a promotor, Jim!
Seriously though, I'm currently trying to find that out myself right now.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you love, what makes jump for joy and get up in the morning, because that is the only way you're going to get 110% out of yourself. I once heard that a writer must "write the market". Well that is the single worst piece of advise I can ever think of. For one, if the market changes when you're 90% of the way through what you're working in then you're outta luck. So write what YOU love to read, then figure out how to bring the market to you .
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I never had the advantage of being given advice on this and had to figure it all out by myself, so I'll give a piece of my own (aside from that of the previous question): They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the goal of a good writer– the goal of a GREAT writer– is to make one word worth a thousand pictures.
What are you reading now?
I'm re-reading my novel "Maldene VI: The Great War" just for enjoyment and to remind myself how *I* write (after ghostwriting enough books for other people and their styles, I find this is required from time to time.
What’s next for you as a writer?
What is your favorite book of all time?
Oh don't do this to me… ALL of them. Or at least nearly so. Though I suppose if I was permitted a little self-indulgence to include my own, then I would say "Maldene XIII: The Last Chapter". After all, if you can't be a fan of your own works, then why are you doing it?