In 1992 I went and lived in a ghost town in Montana, while there I read some books that I really liked. When I got home I reread them and with options the books weren't quite so good, I thought I could do better. That was the start of some 60 stories and books ranging from Ancient Egypt to the modern day and all around the world.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely, it was the main one I worked on for years. A story set on the Oregon Trail.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kansas, all over the southern part of the state. I moved a lot as a child and now I seem to get bored if I sit in one place too long. Maybe that's why I dabble in so many genres. If I can't personally travel somewhere I just have to research it and visit it that way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Visiting places that I haven't been, times that I haven't lived, its time travel without the worry about getting your shots.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on one that came about because I saw some photos of a Lodge that burnt down in 1931, suddenly I had to bring the lodge back to life and of course kill someone there. A friend quickly proclaimed he wanted to be the victim and Mayhem at Mount Baker Lodge quickly formed from that.
How do you approach cover design?
Something that really gives you an impression of the place, everyone can have an idea of what they think people look like, but the place gets the idea across far quicker.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been published with some 15 publishers, e-book and print, I've had them out since 2005. It seemed time to put some reprints out myself, I also released one new release so far. I'm still working on publishing with a traditional house, but indie has its advantages that I just can't overlook.
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