Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in East Tennessee, but have spent most of my adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After narrating over four hundred books over the last twenty years, I decided to write my own. "Zombie Bigfoot" hit #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon. "Deep Shadow" is available May 1, 2018.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"Deep Shadow". I've been scuba diving for nearly twenty years and after narrating several tropical action adventures, I thought it would be a good idea to "write what I know". My first full dive vacation was in Bonaire, so that's where I begin the book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Narrating for so long, I've discovered the best possible editor/proofreader is someone reading every sentence out loud. Some authors like to have me do the audiobook BEFORE they send it off for final formatting and that's what I do as well. In addition to spotting typos that were missed in proofing, I'll frequently make changes to any sentence that feel inelegant coming out of my mouth.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Narrating four hundred titles (plus my own extra-curricular reading), I've had a lot of inspiration. For Action Adventure, Wayne Stinnett Michael Reisig, and Preston and Child… for horror, King and McCammon. For humor, Carl Hiaassen. For fantasy, Rothfuss. For mystery, Bill Pronzini.
What are you working on now?
Right now I'm finalizing "Deep Shadow", narrating some space opera and romance books, going in for television parts (just did a Law & Order SVU), and I'll be narrating some Space Opera and Romance (not in the same book, lol). In May, I'll get rolling on sequels Deep Shadow… and revisiting my sequel to Zombie Bigfoot, which is about a third complete.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find Amazon's AMS ads work pretty well (the Keyword ones, not the specific Product Placement ones). I thought EReader News Today was very successful. And I'm trying out My Book Place now!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Since I still am one… not much. Though I can certainly say "use promotional sites the moment you can… don't wait." Also, join KBoards. A ton of useful info there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Nothing will improve your sales more than writing the next book." ~Wayne Stinnett
What are you reading now?
"Naked Came the Manatee"… a humorous mystery/thriller written by a bunch of Florida authors, each building on the other's chapters. The name comes from that famous hoax erotica book, "Naked Came the Stranger".
What’s next for you as a writer?
Narrating other authors' books! And then we'll see! It will be a sequel, but to which one… ?
What is your favorite book of all time?
Oh, that's not fair. William Gaddis's "JR"? Patrick Rothfuss's "In the Name of the Wind"? Toole's "Confederacy of Dunces"? Hard to say.