My first published writing was as a high school freshman for the school newspaper. The positive recognition I received motivated me to write more. I have since written three novels and now write fulltime.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"All That Time" is the story of a 55-year-old university computer science professor who is dissatisfied with his life. Bullied in his youth, the effects linger into his adulthood. He often wishes he could return to those years with the knowledge and experience he has gained since then. "If I only knew the what I know now," was almost a mantra for Ted McBride. A fellow professor and researcher invites Ted to take part in a time travel experiment, sending him 40-years into the past. Knowing what he knows as an adult helps him change his own life and the lives of others he encountered during his adventure.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishing is a gamble for the publisher; even more so with the advent of ebooks. Standard publishers have become far more selective in the books they accept, further distancing authors from the possibility of being accepted.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is a solitary discipline for those such as myself who prefer solitude.
What are you working on next?
I have always read spy, detective and adventure books, but had never written one. I am trying my hand at what I call a "detecting" novel as opposed to a "detective" novel, since it involves regular citizens solving crimes.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Sandford for realistic dialog, especially in the Virgil Flowers novels; Robert B. Parker (I still mourn his passing) for characters; James Rollins for scientific accuracy; Jonathan Kellerman for his approach to detective work.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The prospect of creating new characters and situations that will excite the reader.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Wishing I were still flying airplanes, wishing I were on the trail with a 50-pound pack on my back, wishing I had the time to travel. However, I settle for working with my horses and donkeys on my ranch near Sacramento, California..
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Kindle, Indie Spotlight, through friends in my California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch.
What is your writing process?
I spend four to five hours each morning writing. I try to write at least a thousand words daily.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first books I ever read were around the age of seven in the "What Every Child Should Know" series of children's books.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, although I can usually find what I'm looking for. My filing system is simple: leave material on my desk until it becomes outdated and then toss it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle - I've always been fascinated with end-of-the-world, apocalyptic adventures. The Haj, by Leon Uris - It's a perfect demonstration of why the treachery of the people of the middle east guarantees there will never be peace in that region.
What do you read for pleasure?
American west historical
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A small Pennsylvania town. Growing up in a place where everyone knows everyone and the pace is slow gives a person a chance to observe life with time to think about things as they pass by.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not yet. Too soon, but I'm optimistic.
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