When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a few different passions, looking at the late night or early morning sky through my telescope or even with the naked eye is one way. Reading, either non-fiction science or one of the math's sometimes history of science or history of math, and from time to time I like to escape into fiction. Its one of the greatest feelings, one I hope I give to my readers!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote I was eight and it was about a girl and her horse. It was a novella and was written with an oak tag cover and on large lined paper. I think it is still in my parents attic.
What is your writing process?
First I write a loose outline, then I sketch out the main characters. Next I start writing. As I write other characters introduce themselves and I get to know them as if they were my neighbor and they become my best friend, well some of them, some I dislike! (Jake in Sanacion) Then the characters start to form the story. I do have to stop once and a while to -study the science of what is going on. - In my current book, I had to study something that my reading science for fun had started, how to form real artificial gravity. It seems it is rather simple these days; in these days of meta-materials etc. At the bottom of where ever I am I write specifics of coming scenes that have been forming in my head since don't want to forget them.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Alice in Wonderland was the very first book I read. Actually it was how I learned to read. I had a collection of albums with someone reading the book and the book itself. As the book went on it became like a movie in my head and it was magical!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Arthur C. Clarke - Sunstorm, T.S.Elliott - The Wasteland and other poems, Paul J. Nahin - The Imaginary Tale of the Square Root of Negative One, Nicholas Campion - Astrology & Cosmology, Isaac Asimov - I-Bots; Time Was....Some represent the cool imagination in an all too real world and some help me see the real world a little better.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Nook Tablet. I love the touch capability. Often I have to utilize my dad's kindle and I keep trying to get it to do different things by touching the screen. I really should know better!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I give science presentations and NASA talks as well as attend lots of conventions and find it be a way to both get the word out, share something I am passionate about and talk with people who also find science & Sci FI to be awesome.
Describe your desk
My one computer directly in front of me, another laptop to my left, my iPhone to my right, Next to me the large wall post-its and my Texas Instruments calculator for the calculations. Oh, and also tons of print outs of various texts and data on the science of it all,
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Scotch Plains, NJ with a brook running through my property, apple trees, plenty of woods, a tree house and a dad who was a song writer and arranger & a mother who was a HS English teacher. I often wrote or took my guitar outside in the nature of it all. My father always pointed out the night sky and the beauty of it so he gave that to me and my mom gave me a love of reading and literature. I wouldn't change it for anything.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Sanacion II: We Are the Aliens is about the people Civilian & Military that were in Sanacion: The Black Hole Mission are now on a new planet where they hope to make their home. It picks up from Lenora's finding of the alien prints at the end of the first book. The answer to the question or we alone in the universe has been answered but Jake, the civilian leader governs by fear. He wants the alien or aliens captured, and the scientists to check them out for weaknesses. Steve heads up the mission. When one has been captured, Steve attempts to communicate and finds a common ground. He realizes that this is an intelligent being, something to be celebrated but when Jake has a scientist ready to begin an autopsy on a very much alive alien Steve accidentally kills the doctor. Jailed beside the alien he forms a bond and together he and the alien escape. A small group joins up with him no longer able to tolerate Jakes dictator-like rule, Many answers are sought and Steve looks for them as a member of the alien camp.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure I would use the word fan as I have become acquaintances with many as they have tracked me down through social media to ask me questions that range from when is the next book coming out to Science questions sometimes even character specific questions. I enjoy them. I think the SciFi genre has a different sort of fan, a fan that trully enjoy debating about the science in the books and in the world and I enjoy sharing something I am passionate about and talking with people of a like mind. So I think their awesome!
What are you working on next?
Having already completed a Sanacion 3 - Remnants of the Dome, I thought it was time I pursued a book in which the characters had been forming in my head for some time. Space Team Alpha - Target Earth (working title) and currently I am about mid-way on that. I miss Lenora, Steve & Melanie, even Zarchovski from Sanacion more than I thought possible but I am sure some of us will meet again one day!
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