I started writing as soon as I knew what a pencil and paper was. The same with reading. I can even recall, even though it's been many many years now, not wanting to wait to learn to read. My father is a voracious reader and I always saw him with his nose in a book and I wanted to know what that was all about so as soon as I could read, I did read anything that interested me. I really honestly read the encyclopedias - my mom would get one every pay day at the grocery store and bring them home for me and I read them cover to cover.
But just like reading, writing is so much just an extension of my love of books and it opened up new worlds that I could reach with a pen and a paper. This may sound funny to some people, but when Christmas or my birthday came around, I loved getting big gifts like a bicycle or similar, but I was just as sincerely content with pads of paper, pens and pencils, and notebooks. I wrote poems, stories, football plays and diagrams, song lyrics, and anything else I wanted to, so long as I had an outlet to be creative, I was.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book truly has it's base in my childhood. My best friend Anthony and I would play and prepare and dream of our own "safety patrol" where we would help others and rescue others. It was a very safe imagination we had and little did I know that when I was only 18 years old I would become a paramedic and start a career on the ambulance, a career that continues to this day, 25 years plus, in emergency medicine.
And though I was voracious reader like my father, even when I was very young still, I was not into science fiction or vampire books, and books like the Hobbit were a very popular series back then, but it wasn't for me. And then some of my own kids were into Harry Potter's books, while the others, like myself, just found no interest in those things. So I wanted to write an alternative for kids like me to read - something outside the science fiction or wizard realm
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a finished product. But I also live and re-live my adventures through my writing
What are you working on next?
More books in the series of Shark Island and an emergency services manual called the "EMS Everything Else Manual" to help medics have more of an understanding of the things they don't specifically learn, but may come across every day.
I am also finishing up my second book of "In the Arms of a Stranger: Stories from the Streets; my life as a paramedic. My first book has to date sold over 5000 copies. Not bad for a first time author and even though the publisher - who is one of our "vanity presses" - used the rough draft file and not the edited file, which they refused to fix unless I gave them more money. It still smells of a horrible scam, but I I still refused to do it, thinking it wouldn't sell anyway, and low and behold I am over 5000 copies. I plan to rewrite it through Smashwords the "write" way!
Who are your favorite authors?
Can't say I have ONE, because I am so much more a non-fiction rather than fiction reader. When I was young I really loved the "Boxcar Kids" series and the Hardy Boys Mysteries.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am also an avid musician and that is another creative outlet for me. Most of my time is spent with my beautiful wife of 24 years and our 7 children
What is your writing process?
I cannot "force" myself to write. It has to be very inspirational and depends on my mood at the time. I always have something with me to put ideas down on because, while it's so cliche, we never know when inspiration will hit.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mainly non-fiction. Books about famous people, musicians, explorers, and various history. I just finished reading the musician Rick Springfields autobiography.
Describe your desk
Am I supposed to have a desk?.............
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am from Long Beach, California and Southern Cal has a great influence on my writing, especially Shark Island. When you grow up on the coast, any coast I bet, the ocean holds a great place in one's heart.
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Shark Island and the Rescue One Kids follows the adventures of 4 young teens who navigate the exciting and emotional waters of their teen years while also serving as the Islands only emergency rescue squad