It varies. I like LeCarre and Gerald Seymour, both cold war/spy thriller type writers. I also like the old rough and tumble fiction of Nelson Algren, Don Carpenter. James Caine, of course . . . "They threw me off the truck at noon--" Who can beat a first line like that?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have the Kindle Fire HD.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
With me it's all about the writing and since I have not sold many books nothing has been effective although I'm looking into Google adwords.
Describe your desk
I'm drowning in a sea of books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Santa Barbara and Odessa, Tx. I think it's hard not to write about "place", about the soil, it likely forms your characters. A Passing Curse takes place in an old Spanish Mission town much like Santa Barbara, the curse being the vampire that arrived with the first Spanish colonists, a refugee of the Inquisition.
As for Odessa, I've written a lot of short stories about the pointlessness of roughnecking and living on the plains of an ancient sea.
When did you first start writing?
I think it was high school. The creative writing class was filled with folks who weren't sure what they were doing with their lives and various fools. I fit right in.
What's the story behind your latest book?
What's the motivation? I'm not sure. I like history and since most of history is a crime . . .
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's very difficult to get a major publisher interested.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I think it has given me an opportunity to give away a lot of books and start some sort of following.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The perfect sentence.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want people to like the books but mostly I hope people recognize the same things that I do as important, namely enjoying yourself and having fun.
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