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What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find the greatest joy of writing to be when someone comes up to me out of the blue and talks about a part of my novel and just loves it. It's so fun to hear them talk through what they liked, what surprised them, and how entertaining they found it.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are like one big best friend. To know that the characters I've created entertain them is awesome!
What are you working on next?
The second book in The Survivors of Sapertys series. I left a number of open questions in the first book that need to be answered, but don't be fooled. Book 2 is going to open some doors we haven't even explored yet!
Who are your favorite authors?
That's hard. I like so many.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. I have a wonderful wife and two wonderful kids. Beyond that, writing for my fans would have to be next.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly with my family either helping out with homework or driving my kids where they need to be. Both are very strong tennis players which takes a lot of practice. My daughter also loves the theater and is almost always involved in a musical. My son loves tech club and other activities at school as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Quite honestly, I get most of my reading ideas from my 12 year old son. He reads a lot and talks about the stories. When I have the time, I read the stuff he likes. He was a huge help on Spartanica and a great test subject for different ideas!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure do... Spartanica!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read. The biggest impact anything had on me entertainment-wise was when Star Wars came out. That took sci-fi to a whole new level and made me realize the endless possibilities of the sci-fi genre.
How do you approach cover design?
For sci-fi, cover design needs to capture a really exciting part of the story. It needs to grab the readers attention but be obvious enough that they recognize it once they've read that part in the book. That's what hooks me.
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