My fans mean everything to me. Without fans reading the books, there would be no reason to write my stories.
What are you working on next?
I've got two children's books and four novels I'm working on. One of the children's books is the follow up to my published book "The Sinister Mr. Pickle and the Fickle he got the McWickles into". It's called "The Sticky Mr. Tricky and the day he got to Sticky for Mickey". Three of the novels are fantasy while the fourth is a horror novel about a serial killer who stuffs his victims like scarecrows.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, and J.K. Rowling
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
taking care of my family. I love the responsibility and knowing that that is how I can show how much I love them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, or spending time with my wife and kids. That is all I do, Work, Write, and love my family. We really enjoy the outdoors, living in Utah and Idaho we have mountains and canyons just miles from our house, and we all love water sports and fishing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I know the genres I like to read, so I keep an eye out for blurbs that talk about that genre and who the new upcoming authors are.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, it was in fifth grade and it was a story about time travel. A little boy goes to sleep one night and when he wakes up, he was 200 years in the future and every time he or his classmates went outside of any building, they had to wear gas masks.
What is your writing process?
I have a really hard time with outlines, I can't write them, so I just sit down and write and see where the story takes me. Sometimes, my characters take actions that surprise even me. I also have to work on several different books at a time because I work on one and get writer's block, so I have to move onto another one until the writer's block leaves for that story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever remember reading was "The Indian in the Cupboard". It was a gift from my fifth grade teacher, and it made me want to be a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to make covers that make a difference or tell a story about the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, and anything by Brandon Sanderson. I had the pleasure of having dinner with Brandon Sanderson. He was kind enough to sit down with my daughter and I and answered several questions I had about the writing process and what I needed to do to make it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy, Fantasy, Fantasy!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Barnes and Nobel Nook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media and word of mouth have been the most effective for me so far.
Describe your desk
It is an oak desk with a desktop computer, a laptop computer, an iPad and a calendar on top. I also have 28 gold guilded books sitting on top against the wall and two large bookshelves on both ends with autographed books on both.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Idaho in a town with only 900 people in it, so there wasn't a lot to do. I used my imagination, and that helped me when I got older to be able to come up with my own stories.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story in fifth grade, but I didn't start writing seriously until my oldest daughter was born in 2001 when I was in the Marine Corps.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's just a story that has been living in my head for a few years, but is just now taking on a life of it's own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
creating my own worlds, that people actually want to read about. I love having someone come up to me and tell me how much they love my books. Its a wonderful feeling.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The process of getting published can be so daunting, it just made sense to try everything.
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