By far my all time favorite is Clive Cussler, his books and personal adventures give me great inspiration.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desier to be a better person and help people escape the rigors of life by giving them an outlet with my work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am constantly on the go. I divide my work time between writing and my other pursuits. When it comes to leisure time, I love to ride atvs, paint, tinker in the garage, travel, or just Netflix and chill with my Dog Athena and my lovely Wife Sherry.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly from a friend that gobbles them up like candy. She always has a good one to recomend.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This is a question I get asked a lot. I loved to make up tall tales as a boy. Not as a lie mind you but just for fun. I enjoyed gathering friends and family around to regale them with a story. To see that that look of intrigue on their faces would just fulfill me. Then as I was learning to write I was hit with a compelling experience that told me I was just meant to do this. One night during the summer of my 8th year, mother rushed into my bedroom drug me from a sound sleep and had me follow her to the basement. After I woke up a bit it became apparent that we were having a bad storm. From the small rectangular window, I could see the lighting flash and the wind driven rain pelt the glass. Inside I never felt fear, just wonder. I moved closer and watched as power lines arced and tress fell, then I saw it. Gobbling up everything it its path was the black twisting mass of a tornado. The world around me stopped and I just stood still absorbing every detail from the moment. When it was over I rushed to my room and put to paper what I saw. From then on writing filled every corner of my being. I was hooked for life.
What is your writing process?
I don't really prepare to write. Something will inspire me then after research and organizing I just sit down and do it! Once finished I do a series of soft and hard edits then read it all to make sure the finished product is the best it can be. I want my readers to have a well crafted tail so they can just relax and have fun.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real story that wasn’t a children's book I ever read was a collection of Edger Allen Poe story's that started with Tell Tale heart. After finishing, I realized that telling a tale could be anything not just something made up or witnessed but a mix of both.
How do you approach cover design?
I am artistic and creative by nature. I also have a strong passion for photography. I love to use my photos and craft them into a visual story to represent my books.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a devout fan of Cilve Cussler. I am like a junkie with his stuff, Especialy Dirk Pitt Adventures.
Describe your desk
Ray Bradbury described his office as his magicians work shop, such and elegant and fun way to talk about a work space. Stephen King stated that he hated working from an office and could seldom get anything done there. Me I love my home office, it's my space and in it things are set to my way of living. I have notes with encouraging statements posited all over and comfort food is never far from reach.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the sleepy Michigan country side near Buchan Michigan. Long winters buried in snow kept me curled up in a blanked with a good book causing my imagination to grow by leaps and bounds..
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