Pre-Interview: Jack of all trades, Storyteller, father, husband, mechanic and insane #squirrelwrangler.
Author Interview : 1.What inspires you most to write?
That's a really tough one. The need to tell a good story. the reactions of the readers to what I've created, or hell, most of the time it's just a matter of satiating the evil mind squirrels so I can get a few hours of sleep.
2. What is your favorite genre?
Honestly, I can't say that I have a favorite. I love writing in all of them so far, even the little bit of romance that I've dabbled in. If anything, I lean more toward Science Fiction.
3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?
Hands down, first choice is always Robert E. Howard because of the raw emotion of his writing and how he was able to draw me into the scenes like I was right there.
4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?
Easy, I skip them. No matter what I'm working on, if I blank, I have so many other things that the evil mind squirrels are waiting to get to that I'll never run out of writing fodder.
5. What legal publishing advice can you give?
If you are going to self-publish, hire an editor, hire a cover artist, outsource all the other things you shouldn't be doing, because you're supposed to be writing and editing your labor of love.
6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?
Two novels published, neither a best seller yet, but I'm just getting started. My first novel, Flux Runners I self-published through my publishing company Three Ravens Publishing. My second novel, Windowmakers was published through Cannon Publishing. I am less than 5k words from finishing my third which was requested by Chris Kennedy Publishing.
7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?
The remake of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, because of the abuse of creative license. They went and screwed up a perfectly amazing story.
8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?
The biggest difficulty is time. I try to write at any moment that I get the chance. My normal day starts at 0400 and I write till 0600, which for the Covid-19 lockdown things have been a bit wonky. Critiques I really don't have a problem with. I've been a draftsman/designer/design engineer for nearly 20 years. I'm used to people bleeding on my work. There's always an opportunity to improve a piece and a lot of times you'll miss it because you've hit that forest for the trees stage.
9. What are your best experiences in your writing career?
The surreal moment of having one on one conversations with other authors whose work you have fallen in love with. Like, I have a fairly good friendship with Taylor Anderson, author of the Destroyermen series. We'll call each other up and randomly bounce ideas back and forth at times.
Next best, is seeing someone read something that I've written, and it evokes a physical or emotional response.
10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort of sound in the background?
Metal. Lots of metal. But then it depends on what I'm writing. As I've been working on Wildcat: Foreclosure of a Dream, most of it has been fueled by a new genre called Hick-hop. Artists like Cypress Sprint, Demon Jones, the LACs and others. I generally hate country music, but this stuff has one hell of a twist.
This song especially for a number of scenes. https://youtu.be/8sUDmI7ApdE
11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?
One thing that I have seen time and time again in all of my research on the craft. You can make a living at writing. It's not just the Stephen Kings and Dean Koontz's that make a living at what they love. There are thousands of authors out there that you've never heard of that easily make $30,000 - $100,000 a year and they live comfortably doing what they love. But it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and a solid support system to get to the point. Just before the Covid-19 lockdown, I had asked to go part-time in order to focus more hours on my writing career. The wife got a good-paying job with benefits so I could do that and take care of the kids as needed for appointments, sick days, etc. All I had to do was make up the difference in pay that she couldn't make compared to what I'd been making as the primary breadwinner.
12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
Pricing for Flux Runners, I looked at other novels of comparable size in the same genre and then dropped the price a few dollars since I was the new kid on the block. Promotion and advertising wise, I'm a whore. I put stuff out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Mewe, etc. Then I utilize Facebook groups to do a lot of my promotions.
13. Why should anyone read your book?
For Flux Runners, if you were to take all of Sci-Fi and wrap it around a brick, then thoroughly douse it in gasoline, set it on fire and toss it through the window of a nunnery, then you'd be getting close to the train wreck state that mankind is in when the crew of the Betty make first contact.
For Widowmakers, if you love military science fiction, ww2 or anything to do with aircraft, then this will be right up your alley as an aircraft mechanic is assigned to a special unit determined to remove the gremlin scourge from the French countryside.
For my next one, Wildcat: Foreclosure of a Dream, the corporations finally did it. They ensured mutually assured destruction, and just a few years after the fall, Leander finds a glimmer of hope in the darkness. He sets out across the wasteland of southern West Virginia in a search for his wife and son against all odds and the Brotherhood, a militant group of bikers that have been amassing forces and supplies.
14. Did you have a book coach?
? I'm not even sure what that is, so no.
15. What was your favorite subject in school?
It was always a science or art class.
16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
Both, I am a hybrid indie author. Certain things will stay under my own label such as my Flux Runners series, but I'm not above playing in other folk’s sandboxes to create my own reader base.