I love sharing newly discovered historical evidence and information with my readers. I also enjoy retelling the unknown stories of the common man and woman in 18th Century New England. So many people have only heard the stories of John Adams, John Hancock and George Washington so it's important that the contributions of the everyday "Joe and Mary" are told as well.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans? (LOL)
Seriously, I would not be an author without my fans. I see them as a critical part of my writing team. They provide important input, promote ideas, share my research results and simply cheer me on. I love all of them and understand I would not be successful without them.
What are you working on next?
I have two projects in the pipeline. As with "We Stood Our Ground", I will be rewriting "I See Nothing But the Horrors of a Civil War" over the next few months. That particular work will focus on the experiences of the American Loyalists who served with McAlpin's Corps of American Volunteers during the American Revolution. After that I expect to compile and edit the letters from my Uncle to a Lawrence newspaper during World War 2. He served as a combat medic with the 1st Cavalry in the Pacific Theater.
I've also been asked, based upon my background, to also write a crime novel. We'll see!
Who are your favorite authors?
Bernard Cornwell, David McCullough, J.R.R. Tolkien, Sir Thomas Malory and George R.R. Martin.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Because family is so important to me, I love spending time with my wife and kids. Outside of family time I enjoy visiting historical sites, hiking and participating in Revolutionary War reenactments and historical programs.
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually will read historical fiction, academic books on 18th Century Massachusetts and New England, original manuscripts and journals from the Revolutionary War era and anything Marvel!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Oooo...tough one. I'd have to split it between my Kindle Reader on my laptop and my Kindle Fire HD.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've found two techniques have been very effective: use of social media and mailing lists. I spent several weeks teasing the release of my book on both platforms. Afterwards to generate even more interest, I made my ebook available for free to my followers. Currently, I am trying to spread the word about my book via special offers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wish I did but I don't. I have a vague memory about a story I wrote involving pie wielding aliens invading Earth. I may have to ask my dear mother who has kept pretty much everything I wrote, made or produced since age two...including that three foot tall Death Star.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northern Massachusetts in a town that had significant ties to the Salem Witch Trials, the American Revolution and the Civil War. On top of that Lexington, Concord, Boston, Portsmouth and several other historically important sites were always a short drive away. Growing up in this environment fostered a deep appreciation of New England history and inspired me to share the stories of everyday people who witnessed such important and life changing events.
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