I liked Mark Twain's 'Roughing It'. The reason is simple... He is witty and I really enjoyed the adventure of the story. My second choice may surprise some people, but I actually liked the Twilight books. I saw the movies first, and then went back and read all the books. Don't get me wrong, there wasn't anything exceptional about Myers' writing, but she managed to make her plots compelling and I liked the stories. The third book on my list is Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken. He proposes some interesting idea's and as a fiction writer, how could you not be intrigued by his ability to open his mind and think outside the box. In my opinion, Chariots of the Gods is a must read for every fiction for that reason. Always think outside the box.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like fantasy world books. I like seeing how authors imagine and create entire worlds from nothing more than their imagination. For me, that's what's interesting and cool. Lets face it... There are only so many stories, boy meets girl, girl meets world...blah, blah, blah. But when an author creates a world that reaches out grabs you with characters that make you understand their life, their story - that is something special - something to be respected.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
There's this device. Not a lot of people know about it. It uses paper and ink and is tightly bound together. Call me 'old school', but I really like the feel of holding a book in my hand and flipping from page to page.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I would say word of mouth.
Describe your desk
I don't write at a desk. I use a laptop so I don't even have a desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay. I love the area and use it in many of my story lines.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in the 4th grade. I had forgotten to do my home work and my teacher said if I wrote a one page story over the weekend, she would allow me to hand it in as a make up grade.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I actually have two books that I am working on right now. The first series called The Eighth Dragon and has some heavy religious undertones woven throughout. The underlying story is the never ending struggle between good and evil. The devil sends seven dragons to earth; the seven dragons each elect a human to bond with. They terrorize and destroy the world. God then send dragon that bonds with a young girl. She is destine to fight evil and try to and save the world.
The second series is called Blood Diaries. It's a sexy, dark paranormal series set in a world filled with cool mythology and characters that make you choose a side. Im keeping this close to the chest, if you know what mean.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just want people to like my stories. I want people to feel entertained and enjoy the time they spent reading my work. If you really loved the characters, the story, and you want to read more of work then that would make me happy. Really thats all I hope for.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smash words is a great resource for authors, and the best thing about Smashwords is how fairly they treat authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love seeing the story in my head unfold. I enjoy the process of letting my imagination take over and drive the world I have created the book. Imagination is the key...
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything to me. I will never forget the first time a fan introduce their self to me. Without fans, authors are nothing and no one should ever forget that. Every author should be grateful and humble...
What are you working on next?
Right now, most of my time is focused on Blood Diaries. I just started writing the series in March of 2016 and I have a lot inside my head that I want to get written down. So, as you can imagine, I have notes to myself floating around everywhere.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like Mark Twain.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a lot of things that keep me busy. I love playing poker. I enjoy gardening from time to time.
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