Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Every since my hair turned white, people keep telling me that I look like comedian Steve Martin.
But here's something cool. Steve martin is also a successful writer.
I was born in California, but was raised in Alaska. So that makes me a "Calaskan".
My writing journey began when I was in high school and I was given an assignment to write a story. I decided to write about motorcycles.
Not long before my high school writing assignment I had read something that said "all stories need a beginning, a middle and an end." As I wrote my story assignment, I kept that in mind. I then turned in my story and forgot about it.
Later, the teacher gave us back our graded stories. I was shocked when I discovered that I had received an "A".
But then something happened that really surprised me. The teacher asked me to stand up and read my story to the class. Wow.
These days I have a number of ebooks that I have completed and several series books in the works.
I write sci-fi, horror and westerns. And I have a successful humor book online.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My western series includes two published books right now. "The Long Ride Home" and "Trouble at the Lucky Lady."
My inspiration was a movie I wrote, "The Long Ride Home" that stars country singer Randy Travis and Oscar winner, Earnest Borgnine.
My dad was a working cowboy in his younger days, and I grew up loving western TV shows and movies. So writing western books is a natural for me. Yee Haw.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I stick to it when I'm writing. I try to write at least 3 to 5 days a week. But I don't write a lot of pages at one time because I don't want my writing to get "tired".
As far as "unusual writing habits", I jokingly say that I like to write my first draft with a number 2 pencil. I like to watch my wife sharpen my pencils. She uses a steak knife.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Most of the writers that influenced me are screenwriters. One is William Goldman, who wrote the classic western, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on a "Chupacabra" series. "Chupacabra: Terror in the Night", Chupacabra: Cave of Evil" and "Chupacabra: Snow Beast"
The three books are short stories and I'm really enjoying the writing process on these books. Lots of scary fun.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My best method or website for promoting my books is of course right here on "My Book Place".
Getting my books out there is the only way they will be discovered, enjoyed.
My thanks to My Book Place for helping writers and readers find each other.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writers write – everyone else just talks about writing.
Write something every day, even if it's just a short sentence. Write about anything. Just write. Because the more you write, the better your writing will become.
And don't get discouraged. Everything you write won't be a best seller. And, some of the reviews you receive on your books may not be positive. In fact, some of them can get down right mean. But don't let that stop you. Keep writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My father told me that I should always do my best. And that as long as I always do my best – that is all anyone can ask of you.
My mom was a great lady and she always told me, my sister and little brother that a smile goes a long way.
What are you reading now?
I'm currently reading a book about storytelling. I also do a live stage show where I tell stories.
My live stage show is based on a book I wrote about my adventures growing up in Alaska. "Humorous Stories from ALASKA… and beyond" was a book that was fun and very emotional for me to write – but my audiences love it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My next writing adventure will be another series. But at this point I haven't made a decision on which of several story ideas to go with.
So as they say, "stay tuned".
What is your favorite book of all time?
I played the trumpet all through school and became the 'lead" trumpet player. And one day I came across the life story of one of the most famous trumpet players of all time – Louis Armstrong. I was so taken by that book that I read it twice before taking it back to the library.
My second choice would be "Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn".
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