Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York City, my travels have taken me to 48 of the 50 states plus Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico. in the Marines, I got to see most of Europe and Asia. I lived in Japan for four years, and the Philippines, well, I still have a house there. I can't go back there because of an operation but my brother-in-law gets to live rent free.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in High School, but because of my dyslexia, I had a hard time getting what was in my head, on the page. The Corps helped me focus.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As with all my military books, I heard a story from someone that heard it from a friend that might have been there. Most of my stories are based on declassified material but to be careful, I call it fiction.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Two fold, first, it helps with my PTSD, finally letting go of the past that has haunted me for decades. Second, it brings me joy when I get feedback from the readers. when they tell me how much they liked the books, or when I get hounded for the next book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tom Clancy and D’Nesh DeSouza
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My sexy wife and the next book project.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Occasionally I sleep, much of my non-writing time I spend researching material for new books. I also do have to take care of the house, and I enjoying cooking for my wife.
What is your writing process?
It starts with a memory and an idea of how to fictionalize it into a story others might enjoy reading. Then I write the first and last chapters. Those are easy!! The hard part is “listening” to the characters tell me their stories.
How do you approach cover design?
While writing the story there are images that become prominent. The design creates itself as the story solidifies. Once the book is finished, I work with an artist to bring the image to life. It can sometimes take several tries before the image matches the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was Silent Thunder, although it took me about 20 years to actually finish it.
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