All throughout his life, Steve Madden was asked if he was related to John Madden. As a budding writer striving to make a name for himself, he would respond, "No, but someday people will ask John if he's related to me."
Later in life, people pointed out he shared his name with a shoe company. He found this more acceptable, because while he doesn't follow football, he often wears shoes.
He has since decided to make a name for himself by not actually using his name.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm partial to the Kindle, or at least the Kindle app. I read most of my books on my phone, as my daughter doesn't let me borrow her Kindle Fire.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I recall working on a story in grade school. It was supposed to be three chapters long--a beginning, a middle, and an end, with accompanying drawings. My teacher gave me extra time because I stretched mine out into an epic seven chapters. I got a good grade despite the fact there were some rather unusual scenes (I recall one part where a tongue comes out of a person's body and starts slithering away), and it was well received by my peers. I immediately started working on a sequel, but it never came to light.
To this day, some of the characters and plots I look forward to working on were first conceived of when I was a child. Sometimes I still draw from that well, and update them to better fit with my adult (or quasi-adult) mind.
The Shadow Within is the follow-up to 2011's The Shadow Walker, and is part two of the Unseen Things trilogy. It centers around Allison Bramer, a 19-year-old girl who finds herself thrust into a survival situation. But even as she battles the elements, there are other, darker forces at play.
Thomas Hurd has always felt more comfortable watching people from a distance than interacting with them up close. But his tendencies to watch others reveals to him a creature he was never meant to see, and unleashes a horror onto his small town that threatens to consume the world.
Contains mild language and some violence.
Book One of the Unseen Things trilogy.
When Kharma awakens to find herself in a parallel world, she refuses to believe she’s crazy. Stalked through the shifting realities by a strange man, her quest for the truth leads her to Rosewood, a hospital for the mentally ill, and face-to-face with a past she’d rather forget.