Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've spent my life living in coastal Rhode Island, USA and the writing is a clear look at my experience as I grew sick through the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs and the damages caused and then my ultimate recovery through a profound spiritual experience.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing seven years ago yet would find myself at a loss and would abandon each title, until now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's an in-depth look at the cause of alcoholism and my revealing experience with the illness. The triumph is my full recovery from an insidiousness illness that wraps itself around the sufferer like a wet t-shirt.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to tell my story. As I would spend countless hours working with others to break free I came to see that there is indeed a wide audience looking for hope to an issue that strikes home with so many, whether they are the drinker or the loved one close to the drinker.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know yet! We will see if the effort in writing and the inclusion of Smashwords as a vehicle for its exposure succeeds.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The deeper appreciation I gained for just how trying it can be at times. And of course the opportunity of being of service to another who might gain some insight from my own experience.
What do your fans mean to you?
Hope. The hope that perhaps they will experience there own "A-ha" moments as they review my manuscript, and life.
What are you working on next?
Well, there are actually three titles I'm considering but my next one involves a cat that my family and I had who passed away. A title I began two years ago and have recently reviewed. His name is Bores and he likes to think he is a "panther," though he is simply a domestic cat sent here by God on a journey to set a man on a new course. A course he knows only too well as he had the same experience in his last lifetime here as a human. His last lifetime here was as a recovered alcoholic who happened to be one of those pioneers I spoke about throughout this title. It is a work of fiction wrapped loosely in the real experience of two men and the fantasy of an overconfident cat.
Who are your favorite authors?
David McCullough and Stephen King.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea that as an individual I can be of service to others, and God, even if it is simply passing on a smile.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my time is spent with clients that I work closely with as a floral and event designer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Good old-fashioned word of mouth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I know it was when I was eight years old and in the fourth grade yet I can't remember the subject. I'm confident it was the polar opposite of my first title though.
What is your writing process?
Six to eight hours a day! Once I start I block everything out and retreat from community and society to get the job done. Once I get into that groove and I'm immersed in that river I don't want to get out until it is nearly complete.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real title I read was Cujo. I was hooked and began devouring every single King title.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave that up to God, as with everything. I've found that if my intent is clear with a vision I'm led directly to the solution.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
"A Team Of Rivals." I love history and the look at this period of time in history and what was accomplished by just one man with a vision became an inspiration to and for me. Any King title I've read has served as a reprieve from that stream of life that can become obnoxious at times. And the title "Alcoholics Anonymous." Although this title was published in 1939 it is as relevant today as it was back then and its power can match that relevance. My life experience has come to match theses pioneers in recovery fully. Not just a casual relation but a complete mirrored look.
What do you read for pleasure?
I just finished "Under The Dome." And I couldn't put it down.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
We will see soon!
Describe your desk
Clean and neat. Zero clutter.
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