I think the ability to create a new story that's never been done quite my way. I love creating new adventures and going beyond the norm, be it mythical monsters or down to earth people. I love writing stories that I would love to see as movies, so I try to create them with as much visual input as I can think up.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans there would be no readers, so fans are awesomely important.
What are you working on next?
Currently I have two projects in the hopper: the first book of a new series called "Trial By Fear", and the third book in the Josh Anvil Series (albeit slowly). The new series is aimed at middle grades, the books are shorter (novellas), and the first one should be only about 130 pages long, give or take a few pages--I hope! My intended readers for this series are those who enjoy stories, but not necessarily long ones. I also hope to encourage struggling readers, or those who find most books uninteresting, to read these and develop a passion for stories.
"Josh Anvil and the Summit Clones", will begin where Josh Anvil book 2 left off. I hope to have it completed by the end of 2015.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have always loved CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. I also really like Rick Riordan and JK Rowling. And there's the old classic Mark Twain.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. LOL. It was a short story I wrote called Marko and Sharkey. I don't remember much else, but I typed it up and enjoyed the ability to create it.
What is your writing process?
I love planning everything out in advance. Then I sit and think about each adventure carefully. They may come to me quickly, or over time, but I have learned to wait because I know it will be great if I do. I never want to rush my adventures because I know that's the way it will seem to others. I don't have a goal to write X number of books in a year, because I don't want to put undue pressure on my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember CS Lewis Chronicles of Narnia I received as a Christmas present when I was about 12. They were amazing, and it was like my whole world changed, almost overnight. It was awesome.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is very important. I look over art works from different web sites, talk to artist friends, keep looking until something hits me and I decide on it. However, I am also open to changing it from time to time until I settle on that final 'perfect' cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like a good story, period. It can be from different genres, but I don't like profanity or a lot of blood and gore. I want characters I can care about, and a story that is important.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Book marketing is a challenge because there are so many books out there, and everyone is screaming to be heard. So I don't pay for advertising and I've heard that it doesn't really work. If my readers love my books, they will tell others. Word of mouth is the best way to market a book.
When did you first start writing?
In high school I began an adventure series. It was fun to write.
What's the story behind your latest published book?
The second book of the Josh Anvil series explains how Josh learns about aliens and their intent to control most every planet in the universe. Josh and Troy help those who were enslaved by using their abilities to fight them.
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