Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. My high school was one of the largest in the country, my graduating class was over a 1,000 people. Where I grew up influenced my writing in that I was introduced to many different people and places. I learned the area very well, and have used that in my writing in both Aiden and the stories to follow.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing off and on for most of my life. Starting in high school. Then stopping for a while, then starting up again while in the military. I had this pattern of starting and stopping for years until Derek, my brother, came to me with his idea for a book that turned into Aiden, that was over a year and a half ago now. I've written almost every day since then. That is the longest continuous stretch I've had.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first started writing back in high school being indie wasn't a real option and it never occurred to me. It never did until I finished the first draft of Aiden and started to do research on the publishing world. It was then that I realized I wanted to be an indie author. The total control they had. The power to publish when you want. To write what you want. It all appealed to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is the discovery of it. Learning the new and exciting places that I write about. And hoping that others will love it the way that I do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing i spend a lot of time reading or watching movies and TV. When I'm being healthy I'll be running. I also like to relax with my family and friends when I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
For the most part I find them from either my brother, or my searching for something new on the internet and seeing what others think of the book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a Kindle user. Right now I'm forced to use a Kindle Fire to read. But i want a Kindle Paperwhite or the new Kindle Voyage.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world. With only Aiden out right now, I don't have many fans. But For each person who has read it I am truly grateful.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on too much really. I kind of have writing ADD. I have several works in progress at the moment. Working on a series of shorts in the Cretun world, along with the follow up to Aiden, the second book is Mason. All of those have the first draft complete. And we have another post apocalyptic series we are writing. Have most of the first season/book first draft done. And I started a thriller novel on my own.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot of authors that I like to read. Some of my favorites are John Sandford, Brandon Sanderson, Richelle Mead, Christoper Paolini, Rick Riordan, and JK Rowling. Some indies that I like are Alex Maisey, Karen McQuestion, Tony Healey, and ML Adams.
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