1. Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
I began writing in 1994 at age 49 after returning from a successful mission trip to the Ukraine. I received a postcard from a literary agent who turned out to be a fraud. For x number of dollars he would represent me. Of course, all he wanted was my money. Thank God I did some research and found out he was a con artist. Undaunted, I set out to write my book. 2 years later I finished the book only to find no one wanted it. I self published with one of the first eBooks companies and sold six copies. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. That same year I began writing devotionals for a daily devotional named Call to Glory, which I continue today. I sent out queries and accumulated many rejections over the next few years.
2. How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?
Early in the morning while the day is fresh and my mind is uncluttered with the things of the day.
3. How and where do you write? Do you prefer a laptop or some other method of getting your words down?
When I started writing, I wrote longhand on tablets. I’m a terrible speller and my wife would have to decipher my misspelled words. I now use a desktop. I do most of my writing in my office 200 feet from the house. The office is on the edge of the woods overlooking a creek. My visitors consist of squirrels, deer, turkeys and an occasional raccoon.
4. What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
If the story is good I lose track of time. In other words, I become lost in the story I feel what the characters feel. I read the book out loud to see if it sounds right. Writing and rewriting until the writing is smooth and the book sings. The least favorite part is marketing. I love for people to read to enjoy each book and I love to give books away. As of this writing, we are approaching 16,000 giveaways in 28 months. I’m hoping to reach 21,000 in 36 months, which will be May of 2018. However, I never force people to read my books. To make them feel guilty if they don’t even post a review if they loved my books is not in my nature. I want them to read and enjoy my writing, no matter how they obtained the books.
5. How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?
Ideas for a book can come from anywhere. A news story, a stretch of conversation. Many times, it is the thoughts of my own mind. I may think of a story for months or years before writing down a few pages. Such was the case with Deadly Justice. For the most part it takes at least 12 months, sometimes longer for me to complete a book.
6. What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?
All types Facebook, twitter youtube and others. I give away books through Smashwords Draft2digtal, Amazon and others. I may have 2 advertisements going on Amazon at the same time. However I have found the greatest advertisement is word of mouth.
7. What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?
Tales from My Back Porch came out in May this year. I’m working on another thriller and hope to have it ready for release by May of 2018
8. Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.
I always have something rumbling around in my mind. Sometime my thoughts will end up on paper sometimes not. My wife’s favorite book is Never Ending Spring. She would like me to write a sequel. My most popular book is a small one entitled River of Fire. Some have urged me to write a sequel to it. I don’t know if I will or not. I really have to be engaged with a book to spend a year writing it
9. What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish, but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?
Read good writing. Writers are readers. Write, write, write. You will never learn without practice. Great painters threw away many painting others thought good enough. Never settle for good enough, you want the best. This doesn’t come from the first draft or even the second. Also don’t believe those who try to discourage you. Some of them are jealous others can’t see your talent. Possibly they are too close to you. Just think John Gresham is Johnny at home The best piece of advice I can give to the beginning writer is don’t give up. Look on the internet and you’ll find famous authors who were rejected time and time
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