I began creative writing when I was still in elementary school. I even won an award for best in school short story when I was nine. Somewhere, I might even still have that original tale about an unidentified egg that a little boy found.
Has your work been critiqued by any independent book reviewers or publications?
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The road to becoming a franchise type author with the backing of a major publishing house is fraught with pitfalls and politics. I have seen better people than me go down that road and it changed them as an author and as a person. I didn't want to be dragged into all of that. I just wanted to write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a reader tells me they read a certain passage or chapter and it is evident they were watching the same movie type scene play in their mind as I had in mine. Feeling that sort of personal connection with a complete stranger is powerful stuff.
What do your fans mean to you?
Before I began writing books for real, I didn't know what having a fan was. As my audience grows, they give me new motivation every day to deliver better and better chapters and hopefully, better books down the road.
What are you working on next?
I am currently in the final stages of Eternidad Volume II.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many, so I'll try to keep the list brief. Tolkien was my favorite when I was younger. Stephen King, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Thomas Harris, Khaled Hosseini, and of course Shakespeare are probably the authors I have read the most of and keep going back to.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love the outdoors. I do a lot of fishing and hiking and occasionally the random camping trip.
How do you approach cover design?
I am fortunate to have one of the best cover illustrators in the business, Kyle Anderson. He and I are kindred spirits and have a great personal and professional relationship. I get an idea in my head and bounce it off him, and he comes back with a handful of designs. Usually the first one is the one I go with. He has a knack for seeing the same visions I dream up.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the Kindle e-reader for PC. I guess I am just old fashioned and want to read e-books on my big, high def monitor!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have a great partnership with GoodReads. I find that doing book give aways a couple times a year are so very worth it. You would not think that giving away free book copies would lead to more sales or exposure, but it does.
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