When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
By day I am a manufacturer's rep for a large chemical manufacturer. In the evening I spend my time with my wife and sons. My boys are at formative ages and we believe in investing our time in them. I squeeze most of my writing into the late evenings.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I began my first serious long form story while I was in high school, and completed it during college. It revolved around a post nuclear war America where a scientist had discovered how to clean the atmosphere, and the country was rebuilding and reforming itself. I completed the story on a word processor in a unique format that could not be recovered when it died. Sadly, it is lost forever.
What is your writing process?
I start off with a very basic idea of the structure of a story. I outline where I want it to go, and then I proceed to deviate drastically from the outline until it is hardly recognizable. Although I find it helpful to have some guidance as I write, I always find that what I intended conflicts with what I write as inspiration takes me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a big fan of thrillers, but I will happily read other genres as long as it's a well crafted story. I follow authors more than themes. I have passed many an hour with King, Clancy, and Koontz.
Describe your desk
The family room couch.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the sequal to Time Skip. This will wrap up the story of Curtis Lovelle. I also have a series of middle grade books that I have been working on. Those were written originally for my oldest son, who is a big fan of classic monsters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing for years. I have jumped back and forth from fiction to political commentary over that time. At one time I printed my own political newsletter. But recently, while teaching my son to read, I started concentrating more on the fiction. In the last couple of years I completed my first full novel as well as a couple of chapter books for my son, After shopping the novel around a bit I discovered exactly how easy it was to self publish. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to promote what you have written.
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