I attempt to create a feel of what the book is about from an introductory idea. In the case of Repentant, the idea of resurrection in the morgue stood out.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Night Stalks the Mansion - my first full length book (other than comics) I read without being prompted from a teacher. It was a decent rip-off of Amityville Horror and I just loved it.
The Dark Tower (Series) - From Roland's first step through the expansive desert in search of the Man in Black, I was hooked from beginning to end (this answer should count as 7 books!).
The Shack - powerful book with amazing imagery following a man's religious experience after the death of his child. Immensely emotional.
The Stand - a King masterpiece. I unknowlingly read the abridged version in one weekend. Found and read the expanded edition the following weekend. Could not put it down
What do you read for pleasure?
Marvel Comics, history, science.
Describe your desk
A mess. Really. I have notes, paper work and loose art projects everywhere. I'm surprised I found my keyboard to type this!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Brooklyn, raised in Staten Island. Most authors write locations that they know or visit. I love NY. I always will, and my stories always take place there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A long-time friend of mine was indie-publishing a short book about growing up with two maniacal boys and their antics and she asked me to illustrate a cover for her. Seeing what she was able to accomplish, it lit a new fire under me to begin my path towards writing independence.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating lives and worlds outside our perceived reality. Being able to describe what my twisted mind sees is therapeutic and awakening.
What do your fans mean to you?
Friends that are willing to join me on my magical carpet ride.
What are you working on next?
The second book in the trilogy titled 'Insania'. I can't give away any details now, but as the title suggests, it blurs the lines between perceived reality and sanity.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Illustrating. I've been an artist as far back as I can remember. You've heard the term a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, my images are the visual to my thousand word descriptions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a blatant copy of a Stephen King short from Creep Show. The one with the guy who was run over by a rich b*tch and he kept showing up everywhere she went. Only mine took place at a desolated bus stop, and the creep was from before the tale began. Although completely unoriginal, I still look back on it fondly.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.