I love to read the "Master and Commander" series, as well as just about anything by Gore Vidal and these days even good old Stephen King. I used to be quite the snob about King, and though I don't think all his books are fantastic, he usually hits more than he misses. I like innovative writers, too. A couple of good examples: Eden Baylee and Jason McIntyre.
Where do you write?
I write in a small room crammed with books, trinkets, a telescope and lots of collectible toys. On the walls are a framed 45 of The Police's "Synchronicity II" (autographed by all three members of the band), a playbill of "The Best Man" autographed by Gore Vidal and lots of miscellaneous Sherlockiana. The room overlooks a large deck on the back end of our house that I affectionately call "The Crow's Nest." It has a pirate flag fluttering in the breeze. It's a nice place to drink vodka and watch the sunsets.
I like to drink tea while I write. The best days are when the tea goes cold after two sips because I get lost in my work. I listen to a lot of Mark Snow (he scored all of the X-Files shows and features) when I write thrillers and my paranormal short stories.
What turns you on creatively?
Music (Mark Snow, Sting, The Police, Beatles, Colin Hay, Crowded House, Dan Coyle, Shawn Colvin, Tired Pony, Bob Dylan, Modest Mouse, Minus the Bear, etc.). Also a sideways glance from the right woman.
How do you approach cover design?
I have often worked with a non-industry artist for my covers--someone who is talented but not a traditional book cover pro. I think that has rendered some beautiful, intricate, elegant covers, but I'm changing to a more traditional book cover artist from now on to see if that will boost sales.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. The basic, black and white Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Probably being very active on Twitter and giving interviews like this one have been my most effective marketing techniques.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Coming up is book 4 in the John Pilate Mystery Series, titled "Pilates Blood." It's a continuation of John Pilate's adventures in amateur sleuthing, writing and martini drinking. It should be fun.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when readers literally call me at home or email and ask "When is the next book coming out?"
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to read, spend time with my family and exercise. I also enjoy a martini or two.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords distribution is second to none. They are the reason my first three mystery novels went to #1 on KOBO. Without Smashwords, I never would have even heard of KOBO! Brilliant folks.
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