Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Tanzania, lived in India for a year before moving to Michigan when I was ten. This varied background gave me a strong sense of empathy for different cultures, and this has helped me write some characters that would otherwise have been tough, like the Iraqi insurgent in The Struggle. This also means that a lot of my writing doesn't have the normal morals that a lot of authors naturally rely on.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 6 or so. It was a class assignment, but I remember taking it several steps further and writing pages and pages of a story. I loved it!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My last release was the third book in the series When Gods Fail. The series is about a man who survives in a Post Apocalyptic land. The twist is that as he tries to build up civilization he ends up being the very thing he detests. The third book has him trying to run from all he has done. He realizes that he can't and that he has to make amends for all he's done. Another book I'm working on is a spy novel with a different take on your normal spy (usually these 00 types aren't close enough to reality). It should be out in a few months.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted complete control over what I was creating. Coming out of the Army, I knew what I wanted to write and wanted to reach out to people directly. Indie-publishing allows for that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a world, creating a narrative that you feel is missing in the world. That's the best part. It's also a necessity in that if I feel a narrative is missing, the need to write leaks from every pore.
What do your fans mean to you?
Hearing from my fans is the greatest thing. It provides great feedback, and helps me on this otherwise solitary journey.
What are you working on next?
Ah, a spy novel is about to be finished, then a dystopian novel will be started next. The spy novel will be very interesting with a few different kinds of characters that one doesn't usually find in such books.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many good ones: Coetzee, Adichie, Vonnegut, Hemingway, Bulgakov, Conrad, King, Murakami, Winton... can't remember the rest!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend it with my girlfriend, traveling or checking out something in the City.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Either on Goodreads or through a friend's recommendation.
What is your writing process?
An idea hits. I write it down. If it hits again, I'll write an opening scene and from there I'll stop and map out the characters and the storyline. This isn't in stone, and if as I'm writing something needs to be changed (there's a natural feel to what these characters can do, and an initial outline might not see that), I'll change it.
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