My writing process is a long and thorough study of the subject at hand. To date, I've written three books over a thirty year period. The first took fourteen years of daily playing Darts to learn and write my discovery notes . The second took six years while I analyzing Sudoku. This current book on Poker was twenty years in writing based on seventy-four years experience. The next three should not take longer than a year total. Again about a life-long passion.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I have read almost daily as long as I can remember.
How do you approach cover design?
My first two books were designed by others. Poker Mastery was chosen from a gallery of pre created images. Cover design is not a strong point for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
An impossible task for me. Amongst recent reads, I would have to say any five of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. Why? He writes exciting, mind stretching, detailed stories..
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost anything thought provoking and original.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have not actively pursued this aspect of books, as yet.
Describe your desk
Most of my writing has been either on or in bed. Odd? Yes! However, where I am most creative.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Having lived in dozens of towns, mostly in Massachusetts, I cannot say this had any influence.
When did you first start writing?
What's the story behind your latest book?
A lifetime passion for Poker and the desire to pass on what I learned.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ease of being published. I spent big bucks that I could ill afford publishing otherwise.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Too soon to know--my first book with Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting my thoughts out to others.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope they learn something from my experiences.
What are you working on next?
Three books of word games.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lee Child and all mystery writers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
At 80, just feeling like a teenager and helping others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Dong Sudoku, church activities, loving my wife of 61 years.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually from email.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Called God's Grace.
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