Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have ten books in the pipe. I'm polishing them all and will release 3 novels and 3 short stories in a 12 month span to showcase my style and prose.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Virtual Heaven is my first novel, written in 2006. It's received tremendous overhauls over the past 12 years. I was invaded by a muse and wrote Virtual Heaven in a steady stream of 12hr days for three months. When I finished I had a 33k word outline.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to start with an end, formulate a beginning and really drill down those two before I start. It can take me six weeks of walking in silence and taking notes which I never review. When I've aggregated enough in the middle and am committed to my end and start, I begin. So far, it's worked well.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Michael Crichton the most. I want to emulate his story style: high-concept novels on the cusp of believably. Dean Koontz with his poetic prose. Jack London with the free-spirit adventures about leaving the nest and becoming an adult.
What are you working on now?
Learning to market, code for my website, etiquette as I've been pretty solitary for 6 years, blurbs, synopsis, all while polishing what I'm preparing for release. Oh, and working my day job.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Reddit. I offer giveaways. Free Kindles, print books, and short stories gives me trail of crumbs to get someone inside. Once we spend time together, I suspect most readers will be glad we met. I know I will.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Even being new, I would beg and plead with any new author to tighten up their prose. Understand passivity, limit weak words: had, was, could, just, seem, it, that. Sometimes those are so repetitive it's hard to support my fellow upstarts.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The first advice a professional ever gave to me was simple. She said, "Take five years and learn how to write." I took ten, and though I still have many fine points to fully grasp, I'm very grateful.
What are you reading now?
A Soul Divided. Self-published author who has great characters and spins action with the best of them.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'll keep my head down for two years and put out 4 novels and 3 short stories. I'll then gauge my chances of building a base.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Innocent. Call of the Wild. Timeline. Master of the Game. One Door from December (?). Chronicles of Narnia. You didn't think I could name just one?
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