I have been in the entertainment business for 25-plus years. It all started with acting on the high school stage. Playing keyboards and the saxophone in a handful of bands during my high school and college days added to my stage time. I spent a little time producing a series of variety shows that my group performed at area churches. We combined skirts and songs for a fun evening of worship. On Thanksgiving night 1989, I entered the radio business. I have been there ever since.
Over those 25-plus years, a storyline had been churning in my brain. I always thought it would make a great series of novels. I finally decided to learn the art of crafting a novel. My years in the entertainment industry thought me what I call "short form entertainment." Here, a single story line carries the plot line. There really is not a lot of character development that takes place there, and that is a challenge I have always wanted to tackle. The SOLAR RAIN series was finally born, and it is serving as my entrance into the adventure of novel writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The thing I love the most about the process is creating the world that the story takes place in. The world the characters live in is just as important to the storyline as the characters themselves. The setting and the characters all have a life beat of their own, and I love finding a way to weave all of those things together to push the story along.
Who are your favorite authors?
Growing up, I loved to read Ian Fleming, but what teenage boy wouldn't love the spy-sex cocktail. Right now, Lee Child and Jim Butcher are the two that excite me the most. I love the way they describe the storybook world. There is enough to plant the idea of the surroundings, but they leave the rest up to the imagination of the reader. I love that because it allows the reader to plant familiar items in the world that they see while reading. I love that because it makes it more of a personal experience to the reader.
Because I love the TV Show "Justified", I've just started reading Elmore Leonard. So far, I love the way he constructed the dialogue between the characters. Very sharp.
Mother Nature tried to cleanse Earth of its evil ways, and Jordan Winston had hoped it would help bury his sordid past. Now his past is trying to pull him back, and he must decide whether to flee and protect himself or become the man he hated, in order to protect the entire kingdom.