Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
As of 2/17, I have written sixteen novels, four novellas, and two non-fiction books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Real Meaning of Life was inspired by a short unfinished chapter that I wrote a couple of years ago. In that chapter an older man who was dying of cancer had a conversation with his son, who had written nine murder mysteries. The father wanted his son to give up on murder mysteries and write something that would lead his readers to a "better place." The son resolves to do so, but before he can begin the book, he becomes involved in a real-life murder mystery. However, in the end, he is led, in a roundabout and tragic way, to the discovery of the real meaning of life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't know how unusual this is, but I proofread my books seven times before I consider them to be completed.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Julio Cortazar, J D Salinger, Poe, Dostoevsky.
What are you working on now?
Just finished The Real Meaning of Life. I almost always take a couple of weeks to a month off between books. After writing twenty fiction books, it's somewhat of a challenge to come up with a truly original plot, especially since I don't like to write the same kind of story twice.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don't really promote my books very much, unless you include what I'm doing here. I'm far more concerned with writing a great book than promoting a great book. Any promoters out there?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes–it's contained in my $0.99 Kindle book entitled How to Write an Imaginative Novel. This book includes just about everything you need to know–from coming up with interesting names for your characters, to constructing plots, to creating a (free) cover for your book, to uploading the book to Kindle. I've done it twenty-two times, so I do have some experience!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You create your own reality. Into the hands of those who give, the gift is given.
What are you reading now?
I read very little nowadays, except news and sports, because it kind of conflicts with writing. It's difficult to have two literary "voices" going on at the same time.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Undoubtedly, another book, but I don't have a clue as to what it's going to be about yet.
What is your favorite book of all time?
A Course in Miracles. The Nature of Personal Reality. The I Ching. The First and Last Freedom.