I enjoy the works of the early twentieth century authors such as Earnest Hemingway, B. Traven, James Hilton and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Modern authors I enjoy reading include Amour Towles, Ann Hood, Alan M. Petrillo, and Spanish author Maria Duenas.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was nine or ten at the time. It was an adventure story about sailing ships on the Great Lakes. When I finished the book, I wanted to read another. From that point on, I’ve been an avid reader, and now an author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book is set in Calcutta, India in 1943. During World War Two all of the surrounding colonies of France and Great Britain had fallen to Japanese forces. Thus, Calcutta was flooded with refugees. Most of the refugees were simply trying to flee the Japanese, but not all. Some were spies working for the Japanese. Additionally, there was a growing Indian independence movement in Calcutta. The mix of all kinds of different peoples and agendas made it a very interesting and intriguing place to be in the early 1940’s
What is your writing process?
I get up early, have a couple of cups of coffee, collect my thoughts and begin writing. I let things rest for a few hours and then go back over everything I’ve written. I do this until I am satisfied and the book is finished.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing in high school and seriously in college. I’ve been writing continuously from that time forward.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the second book in my OSS series. Two of the main characters in Operation Blue Sapphire will be back, and it is set in Nazi Occupied France.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Without a doubt it is the creative process. Beginning with an idea and turning it into a completed book is an exhilarating experience.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly fiction of many different types and historical nonfiction.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
In one word, life. Life is an adventure and I try to make the best of it.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans and readers mean everything to me. There would be no point in writing a book if it wasn’t meant to be shared. Currently, there are endless forms of entertainment. When readers choose to spend their time with my book, I appreciate it very much. I know how valuable time is and it makes me work even harder to provide my readers with a good and valuable experience.
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Calcutta, 1943 – An OSS agent is murdered. If the crime is not solved quickly, it could change the outcome of World War Two. Operation Blue Sapphire – a novel of international espionage, murder and deceit.