Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town in North Texas. The greatest influence it has had on my writing the underlying tones of being an outsider. When you would rather study the history of warfare in the 20th century and the evolution of military technology then raise a cow or play football, you don't really fit in small town Texas life.
What do you read for pleasure?
That really depends on what I am in the mood for at any particular time. I am a big fan of Tom Clancy's work and other books of that nature; however, I also enjoy reading the classics like David Copperfield and Crime and Punishment. Lately I have been reading a lot of cerebral non-fiction. I just read Freakonomics, Superfreakonomics, and Think Like a Freak, by Levitt and Dubner.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read e-books wherever I can, I have books in the Kobo and Kindle apps on my Galaxy Tab 2, so if I had to chose a device that would be it.
When did you first start writing?
My first project was a book about snakes in the 3rd grade, which one a future writer's award. For as long as I can remember I have liked to write, penning (and I mean literally) several short stories and poems through high school. In my early college career I wrote two poems that were selected to be published in anthologies.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is still a very rough work in progress. It revolves around a former street racer who is trying to piece his life back together after a nasty breakup with a long time love and horrific car accident that nearly killed him.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I enjoy working for myself. I would rather put out a book that I poured heart and soul into and have it fail than to have my story butchered and watered down by a big house publisher, just so they can sell a million copies.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me an outlet to publish my books on my schedule, allowing me to put out my best efforts. It has opened a massive audience that I would otherwise not be able to reach.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy? I have to pick one thing over the others? If I must... I really enjoy telling a story; it is such a thrill to know that someone has been distracted from the doldrums of life and been drawn into the excitement of my world. Even if only for the commute on the train or bus, they enjoy a new world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. While, most of my drive to write is to tell a story, if there is no one enjoying it I am wasting my energies and other peoples time. I want my fans to enjoy the story and be on the edge of the proverbial seat waiting for the next installment. Without fans there is no art of writing; it is nothing more than meaning characters on a useless page.
What are you working on next?
One never knows with me. I blog about life in general (or my interpretation of it). Sometimes the stories stem from there, or even non fiction work comes from a collection of posts.
Who are your favorite authors?
That is a hard one. Tom Clancy, Cassandra Clare, Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein. I am sure there are others I have forgotten to mention.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That is a heavy philosophical question. I have a great partner in life who keeps the days interesting. I have lived through some tough times growing up, and I feel that maybe I survived what I did to help someone else who might be struggling, even only if indirectly. I enjoy life more as I have gotten older and learned what is important and what is not with life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Video games, Quantum Mechanics, blogging, movies, and just enjoying time with family and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the ebooks I read came from searching Amazon's Kindle Library. My mother was an early adopter of the Kindle and she would tell me about the vast library of books that were in the marketplace. I also use the web on a regular basis (mainly in my never ending quest for knowledge, sometimes for absolute chicanery) and many books have come from web searches.
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