I first started writing when I was in High School. I would write poetry and short stories for fun, as in not for school assignments. I showed some of my work to a friend once, he must have really liked it because I still haven't seen it to this day. I learned right then always keep the original - make copies and give them to people.
I first started writing professionally in December 2009 with another friend, David McKoy, we published our first book in 2011 and the sequel was published in 2013.
What is your writing process?
David McKoy is very old-school, he uses pen and paper. The ideas roll from his head and get written down as fast as he can manage it. Overall he is a pantser - does not know how to do an outline. He gives me the hand written work and my job is to type it up.
I type it up in rough draft - what he put. Then I do a rough draft of how I would word things. I send that to him. He reviews it and from there we go back and forth.
Recently we added a couple of beta readers to the mix. That helped us fix some sections that we didn't realize had gaps.
Then we have someone read over for typos and such. Hopefully I put the right version in for publishing. :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The content of the Call Sign: Wrecking Crew series was not what one would consider mainstream reading material. We, David McKoy and I, felt that traditional publishers would not want to touch it with a ten foot pole. Imagine Glenn Beck teaming up with Richard Marcinko to write a book then you have a rough idea of what kind of Military/War and Political Intrigue books we wrote.
Another reason was that we went with a small publishing company, River Road Press, for help with Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) because I knew that Ed Beesley went with them for his book Lucky Enough. I've known Connie Kay, Ed's wife since shortly after September 11, 2001. Ed's book is autobiographical and covers the time before and after his tours in Vietnam as a Marine. Semper Fi, Ed. As Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) was being published, I learned some mighty important lessons. One of which was it is great to be in control of the book, its content, and where things will go. With traditional publishing things are pretty much out of your hands and you still have to do a lot of self promoting.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Wings of Eagles) is truth that became fictionalized. Let's just say that after you read Chapter 10, you'll think this isn't possible but David McKoy will beg to differ with you. In his capacity as a Security Professional, he has had an opportunity to witness city officials' at their most vulnerable after presenting them with a plausible yet scary scenario.
How do you approach cover design?
Our current work, Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Wings of Eagles) was done by a team. David knows Jennifer Lockstedt who knows Justin Woods. She volunteered her and Justin services. We think she did a great job and hope to get her to do all our future covers.
What are you working on next?
The next book in our series will be Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Scimitar Brotherhood). David McKoy gave me the handwritten work when I was down in Houston for a book signing. I plan on typing that up in January 2014 after the school break is over.
What do your fans mean to you?
To me, a fan is someone who not only enjoys what we wrote but wants more of it. When you write in a niche market, anyone who understands what you're trying to say is very appreciated. Those that go beyond that and tell others about it... well they are golden.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The original reason we, David McKoy and I, went with Smashwords was so we could send books to troops via Operation eBook Drop. Many thanks go to Mark Coker and Edward C. Patterson (a fellow veteran) for getting together and setting that program up. Since that time our book has gone out to many eReaders.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm busy networking, doing housework or helping with my godchildren. Anyone who has followed my blog, Call Sign Wrecking Crew on the Run, knows that I came to live with some friends. They have two children, my Godson and God-daughter currently age 6 and 16 respectively. I help around the house as room and board. I also help shuttle kids when needed.
Who are your favorite authors?
If you would have asked me that back in early 2009, I would have said, "Robin Cook and Patricia Cornwell hands down." Now I have several Independent Authors that I want to read more of their books. Too numerous to name without possibly forgetting someone. I've also discovered Dee Henderson and William Kent Krueger through my friend.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy a great mystery. If you look at most of the books on my Kindle you will see mystery books of some kind. I'm also learning to like Thrillers too. Right now, I'm reading a non-fiction about writing/publishing and a sci-fi action adventure series.
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