I can't work at a coffee shop or with my laptop on my lap in the living room, like some authors, so I have an office, which I also use to plan my lessons and grade papers (I'm a professor at George Washington University) and do my marketing consulting work. I'm very tech savvy, but find I work more efficiently with paper notes, so I keep notebooks with notes about characters, scenes, etc nearby. I also use a big whiteboard I used when I homeschooled my daughters.
However, what office would be complete without pets. Surrounding my desk are my two dogs -- a total of 200 lbs of beasts -- and my cat usually tries to sit on my keyboard to block me from working. I'm constantly tripping over someone when I try to leave the room. I think it's a plot to ensure I keep working.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As I mention in my bio, I've always been a writer, but I never published a novel until last year. Now, I'm working on my 3rd. The second will be published soon, as I'm nearly finished incorporating edits from my Beta readers.
I grew up in Pittsburgh and now live in DC after spending a long time in deep south Texas. These cities fill my novels with realistic settings and a deep understanding of the people.
Because I've worked in tech most of my life, it's not surprising that my novels deal with the dark web, hacking, and other nefarious plots.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind, Scars of the Past, which will be published in June, 2017, is based on my fertile mind combined with experiences from my day job -- working in tech. I've peopled the book with characters who are composites of people I've known throughout my life.
I've always enjoyed people watching and now I find myself taking pictures of interesting people I meet and places I go to use in future books.
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