I like to think the world around us is for us to change for the better. I want to write books that entertain and distract people from the mundane. I like to think of myself as an Airport Author. I want to be the guy you download or pack into your carry on before the flight. If I can make you a little scared, chuckle a little, and maybe shed a tear or two, that is really why I get up every morning.
Who are your favorite authors?
I was raised on a steady diet of Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I have also grown to be a fan of the classics like Charles Dickens and Richard Adams. I also loved the books written by Eric Lahti (Henchmen and Arise), D.M. Pulley (The Dead Key), and Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train). I am not mono-topical when it comes to reading, I usually run the gambit. I have been known to even dip my toe into the Young Adult books for a change of pace. I am a big fan of the Rick Rordan series (The Lightning Thief).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to SCUBA dive and do anything that involves water. I mean I would rather be under water than anywhere else in the world. My goal in life is to retire to a yacht and write full time. I am also an avid shooter and I love to spend time at the range. I have some expensive hobbies!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly word of mouth. I have friends who tell me, "oh you will love this" and I know, based on the person, if they are right or not. But really, I love to read almost anything. There is only one book in the last three years I simply did not finish because it was so poorly written.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely, I think it was about a big dog. But I was always accused of being flighty or too over the top in my writing when I was a kid. Little did I know I was going to be an author some day.
What is your writing process?
I think of an idea and I start writing. I like my characters to define who they are in my head. I really do not sit down and plan out the story before hand. I have tried it in the past and it really does not work for me. I need to be free to express myself and let my inner dialogue take over. I usually end up revising and cutting a lot, but that is okay since it results in a better product in the end.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I loved the Robert Newton Peck "Soup" novel. It was really what enticed me to be an avid reader.
How do you approach cover design?
Easy, I don't. I know a lot of stuff because I have had tons of experiences which have shone me one inescapable truth, I cannot draw. I hire someone to do it for me. They take my ideas and make them into something special. I have nothing but respect for the graphic artists that specialize in book covers. They really are the reason people initially take our books off the shelf.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I would say, Watershipdown (Richard Adams), The City (Dean Koontz), and On Writing (Stephen King).
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly Science Fiction, Horror, and Mystery. I love the Sherlock Holmes mysteries as originally written.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my kindle. I have the Paperwhite and I am not sure how I ever lived without it.
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