When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, then I'm very likely spending time with my pregnant wife, Andi, and/or my lovely dog Riddick. We love to be outside, but we also love movies and tv shows. We also will occasionally play console games together as well. But, whatever we're doing, it's together!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use Amazon Kindle a lot, and I do have my favorite authors that I read religiously. However, since I'm aware of how ads work on Amazon, I tend to click them often, and will sometimes come across an up-and-coming author like myself. I actually love reading a new author's first work. I think it's cool if I end up a huge supporter and fan of that author before anyone knows about him/her.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but my sister does, and let me tell you, it sounded like a doozy. I think it was called "The Thing." I wrote it when I was 5 or 6 years old, and it was fully illustrated! My sister remembers it so well because we made a cassette audio recording of me narrating the book from front to back while she stood in the background pressing the "beep" button on a walkie talkie. It was supposed to act as a signal for when to turn the page, but she got carried away and buzzed me constantly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I don't have much experience with any of the others, though I'd read from anything.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Amazon, Google, and Facebook Ads. Facebook ads are a great way grow your mailing list, while Amazon ads work great at helping you sell.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing to me is having the opportunity to put my thoughts, my ideas, my creations, in ink, to mold them from the base idea that swirled in my brain into a finished creation. It's seeing it in its permanence that's what's so gratifying, and the fact that other people can glimpse into the world I created is an added bonus.
What are you working on next?
Next on my agenda is putting out the first novel of my new series, "Written By Blood." I plan on finishing it by the summer of 2018.
How do you approach cover design?
I found a seller on Fiverr.com that does really nice work for me, and good quality. I may use something different for my novels coming out, but I've been quite satisfied with the work he's done so far.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is different from a lot of authors. I started making up elaborate stories in my head when I was just a young boy. This continued into my adulthood, only the stories grew more adult-themed. I have a ton of stories sitting in my head, begging to come out and play. Therefore, I don't use the same techniques employed by many others. I don't need an outline to keep my story organized, nor do I need extensive brainstorming sessions to overcome a barrier to the flow of my story. I do make corrections and revisions, but never do I have to start at a blank page. I have years of material stored in my brain.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm a morning person, so I'm easy to persuade. I love my life; I have a wonderful, beautiful wife, have a baby boy on the way, a beautiful yellow Labrador retriever, a great job, and I'm a writer. I can't think of any additional reason I'd need to get out of bed!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? I don't have many yet. But I hope to have a bunch real soon! My fans, and I'm sure most authors would agree, are everything. Keeping them happy and stocked with material is the goal! I also love to connect with people; I won't ever be unapproachable or unfriendly, even if I became the next Lee Child. I'm just not built that way. So, future fans, if you ever see me in public, don't hesitate to come up to me and talk, or ask for an autograph! It'd be my pleasure!
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