This is a great question. I love getting into the characters. As I am developing the book from the outline, the characters grow. Their personalities and reactions to the situations define who they are. When coupled with where I want the story to go, I try to imagine how the character would respond. I put myself in the character's shoes. It is as much fun as reading a good book. There are times I don't like what happens to characters of which I am quite fond, but know it is an important component of the story. However, the joy is in the excitement of composing the situation. There are times my mind is racing faster than I can type. I would love everyone to experience the same thrill and, hopefully they can when they read my books. It is why I love writing action/adventure fiction. The most exciting aspect about writing in this genre is the world is your oyster. You can create any scenario in any location. I also love sci-fi and fantasy. All three of these genres provide opportunities to expand my imagination, escape and have fun..
What do your fans mean to you?
This is a strange question. My take on this type of question is akin to asking a pompous director or actor at the academy awards who he would like to thank and, with an absolute lack of sincerity replies, "I would like to thank all the little people that made this possible." I hopefully don't have fans so much as I have others who enjoy reading fun and exciting books. I know I do. I love it when I find an author I love to read or book I don't want to put down. Once I start a book, I don't put it down. I read it until I have finished and there are times I have regretted that decision (including some books by some best selling authors). I hope anyone who reads any of my books won't come away with that feeling. I want my fellow readers to enjoy themselves. What do my fans mean to me? More than they could ever imagine.
What are you working on next?
Actually, I am working on two things. I have a solid draft of the second book in the trilogy completed and hopefully that will be published within a month. I have also drafted roughly forty percent of the outline for the third book. I would love to have that completed and published either by the end of the year or January 2017. One of my pet peeves is when I start a series or a trilogy and the author doesn't write the next book for another two years. I am left hanging out there waiting. If a writer is truly a writer, then put pen to paper and get moving. The whole creative process requires discipline and effort. I understand the concepts of burn-out and block, but please other authors, if you have a frame work for a trilogy, work on it. Your fellow readers are waiting for you. Okay, off the soap box, and watch some day I will live to eat those words...ugh. I also have another idea for a book that I will need to flesh-out. So, for now, I hope to keep the books moving forward.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, Ted Bell, Tom Clancy, David Baldacci, Michael Crichton, Nelson DeMille, Steve Martini, James Patterson, Scott Turow,Richard North Patterson, Robin Cook, Michael Connelly, Len Deighton, Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Coonts, Vince Flynn, John le Carre, James Lee Burke, Joseph Conrad, Harlen Coben, Mary Higgins Clark, Clive Cussler, Brad Thor, Sidney Sheldon, Jame Rollins,...there are so many and this does not include many of the mystery writers, Sci-fi and Fantasy authors. I also like the classics and really enjoyed James Clavell's books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The day inspires me. Each day is new and brings on a new set of challenges some good, others not. The only way I am going to face them is to get moving. I want to be a part of life, not watching from the sidelines. The world can be a difficult place if you let it. I had a sixth grade teacher tell my class everyday. He would look at the calendar and announce the day to the class: "Today is August fourteenth, two-thousand and sixteen. It is the only August fourteenth, two-thousand and sixteen you will ever have. So, why not make it the best August sixteenth, two-thousand and sixteen you can!" That has stayed with me for forty years.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an attorney by trade. So, of course, I work. I also have a lovely wife, Donna, two stepsons, Jon and Ben and two wonderful dogs, Herb and Harold. Although I used to go to the gym regularly, I am a bit out of practice (of course I am using liberties with the word "bit"). We do have an elliptical at home which I use. I love to cook, read, and am active in my local legal community. We have a local Inns of Court, of which I am a member. I am also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate, Circuit Civil, and Family Mediator. Last, but not least, I have a real estate broker's license and own a real estate brokerage firm. I know there is more, but I hope that is enough.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
There are several ways. First, when someone recommends a title or an author. I will pick it up. I appreciate reading an author I really like. I will read everything they have written if they are good. I also will go online and read the synopsis of various titles in a particular genre. I will look at reviews and if they are favorable, I might give the book a try. Mostly, I rely on recommendations.
What is your writing process?
For action/adventure books, I like to start with a concept. What is great is is can be anything. It can be anything from economic collapse to global warming. Then I think about potential players and whom would be in favor and whom would be against. Then what is their motivation. I can then create character attributes for the protagonists and antagonists, defining the major and minor characters. I put together a broad outline of the story I want to create and then refine the outline into smaller parts. Once the outline is complete the characters and segmented outline come into play and the book writes itself. One benefit of doing it like this is the book stays on track and doesn't wander while I am writing it. I could easily do that and never finish a thing. Also, when I am writing, I try to keep going at all costs. That means write first, correct later. It is important, while I am in the flow, to just keep going. I can always fix it later. Again, if I tried to make sure everything was perfect while I was typing out the story. I would spend hours just typing a couple of paragraphs. Probably, as you can see from these interview responses, there can be multiple grammatical errors. I decided to get this done and I am.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover design was simply something that I might read based upon what I have picked-up in book stores. I want my books to appeal to someone who wants a fun and exciting book they can read on vacation. A cover that will catch their eye. I hope mine catch yours. I also take scenes I created in the book and put them on the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot! I like action/adventure novels. I also like mysteries, sci-fi, and fantasy. It was by reading so many novels that I decided I could write these myself.
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