I have an idea for a fictional book that I would like to write but I have not started it yet,
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There is so much to enjoy in life, why waste it sleeping?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I also have a "real" job. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, hanging out with friends or family, going to the beach, photography, boating, dining out (especially outside dining with a view), movies, and reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most are recommendations. Some I find browsing a subject that interests me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably "Dick and Jane" in the first grade. I don't know what impact that particular book had but learning to read was huge.
How do you approach cover design?
A books cover needs to be not only visually appealing, but it should be a hook, designed to peak a readers curiosity so they want to learn more about the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly non-fiction. I love learning and I especially enjoy history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the Kindle but I often read from my Android phone because I always have it with me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think my blog helps but I blog because I enjoy it, not to sell books.
Describe your desk
Small, with a cat between me and the keyboard.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a far north suburb of Chicago. I moved to Florida just before I turned 25 and did not even realize I was interested in writing until several years later when I took a writing course in college.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Bad Cat Chris is about my cat Chris who has been both extremely lovable and a huge pain in the butt at the same time. Chris basically writes the story, I'm just there to take notes and share.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone says that they enjoyed reading something I wrote or that I made them laugh.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know if I would call the fans. Friends would be a better word, and even though I have not met most of them, I have communicated with many wonderful people.
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