Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, and Sun Tzu.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My beautiful wife and daughter. Also the opportunity to create something new.
What is your writing process?
I usually just get ideas for specific scenes. Then I imagine the beginning, middle and end of the story to make sure I have them. Then I put on music and just let it flow. Usually more scenes fill in the spaces between the scenes I have imagined. Then I go back and revise.
Describe your desk
It is pretty messy at the moment. I keep objects on it such as die cast racing cars to inspire me. I just twin monitors because many times I am adapting screenplay to novel and vice versa.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In the fifth grade I won a story writing contest. I created a word the would mean whatever you wanted it to when you said it. The word was for you to use in situations where you could not find the right words to say.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Colorado. Climbing mountains, skiing and camping a lot has influenced my sense of adventure and self-reliance.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"A Race Across Mars" combines my enthusiasm for space exploration with my passion for cars and racing. It is also inspired by my love of certain car racing movies like "Le Mans." So I set out to write "Le Mans" on Mars. The story moves very quickly with lots of action, just like the movie.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work and raise my kid. I also have several hobbies such as hiking and collecting die cast cars and other rare toys.
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