Glass, because my wife said it "makes it look like it takes up less space." I bought it on Craigslist for $20, and it's in perfect condition.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and come to think of it, it DID influence my writing: whenever I want to write about hot weather, I don't, because it brings back horrible memories of never-ending summers and 100% humidity.
When did you first start writing?
I hated writing in school -- I never liked writing essays about subjects I didn't get to choose. When I started writing fiction, I wanted to create something that was fun to read, made people think, and was easy to get into.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Depths is about a research station -- and what secret it's hiding -- that exists almost 5 miles deep in the Atlantic Ocean. My "story question" that led me to start it was this: "how would a research station five miles under the ocean's surface survive and thrive, and why would it be there in the first place?"
I'm pretty stoked with the answer -- and I think you will be too!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to see my work in print -- so I went the "vanity publishing" route.
However, I also wanted to run my own business. I wanted to control every aspect of the process, from writing and editing to cover design, sales, and marketing. The result is not only that I'm an "indie author," but that I also run a self-publishing and writing/marketing blog called LiveHacked.com.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it possible to submit my book to multiple online retailers through one convenient portal.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to be my own boss, surrounding myself with a world I've created.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything -- without readers, I'm not a writer.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing up two nonfiction books about self-publishing and marketing, and then I'd like to work on a collection of short stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
Easy: James Rollins, Dan Brown, Matt Reilly.
Honorary mentions include Jeremy Robinson, Clive Cussler, JA Konrath, Thomas Grenias, and Will Flora.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea that I can create something new, fresh, and innovate that will help people, entertain them, or provide value, and that I'm simultaneously honoring God by providing for my family through work I love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to golf, ski, and play music.
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