When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love spending time with my wife and daughter, "my girls". We go on nature hikes together, impromptu road trips, and my five year old now likes to play games on our Wii, which I think is very cool.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Wow ! Where to begin? I am a very eclectic reader so I may check out Good Reads to see what the 'next big thing' is, or a lot of times I'll see what my friends on Facebook are reading. I also like to peruse the newest listings on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other similar sites.
What is your writing process?
Honestly, I don't have a 'writing process' per se. I write when I'm inspired. That inspiration my come from something I see on television, hear on the radio, or it may even be something my daughter says when we're chatting.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember the first time I read Huckleberry Finn. I love this book; it reminds me of my childhood, growing up on a farm, playing for hours on end, having no cares in the world beyond what was my next outdoor adventure and what was for supper.
What do you read for pleasure?
Two of my favorite books are Huckleberry Finn and Dante's Inferno. Talk about polar opposites!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My kindle is my favorite e-reading device, hands down.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I basically grew up on a farm. My dad and granddad were cattlemen in their own right, and they raised tobacco and bailed hay. I don't know that this raising influenced my writing necessarily, but it definitely ingrained a sense of 'simple living' in me, one that I hope to pass down to my daughter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Journey Through Rhyme is basically based on my life as a Christian. Or lack thereof I should say. I received Christ as my Savior in my mid-twenties; I have been saved for over twenty years. But 'being a Christian' is something entirely different. Receiving Christ as my Savior was a once in a lifetime decision. Living the Christian life consists of a lifetime of decisions. And like many Christians, I sometimes make the wrong decisions. That's Journey Through Rhyme; it's about how we as Christians try our best to live for Christ, to be an example to others, and how sometimes we 'get it right' and are 'high on the mountain top' and other times we fall flat on our faces, with no place to go but up.
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