Though I’ve punched a clock, like most people, I’ve also carved out time to huddle over my keyboard and put my ideas into words.
Since hormones began turning me from a boy to a man, I’ve been in love with love. I freely admit it. It fascinates me at every stage: from that first loaded gaze, through the courting dance, to the culmination of hearts’ tender passions. There are so many lovers’ stories to be written and shared.
After encouragement from friends and family, I have decided to begin publishing my work. The big news is that recently I worked with a couple of other authors and produced two co-written novels. I learned a lot from this experience and found the process of working with other writers very gratifying.
I hope you will enjoy my books!
What inspires you to write?
Usually I am inspired by emotion. It can be a glance between two people in a cafe or the sight of a couple strolling hand in hand. Even an argument between lovers.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is fairly consistent. I do like to work with an outline, although I have to be flexible because sometimes characters have minds of their own. I like to find a photo on the internet to inspire me when creating my characters and I have a basic worksheet I use to define my characters before I start writing. They almost always evolve during the writing process, but I go into it at least knowing them a little. Their interactions with other characters are what really define them, though. So I consider the character worksheets only to be a starting point.
I also tend to have a theme in each of my books, or find a way explore a certain issue in my writing. It makes the process more interesting to me. For instance, in my most recent collaborated work, A Dangerous Tune, my co-author Rosemary Carr and I gave our main female character trouble with food sensitivities. This prompted us to research food additives, etc., which was fascinating in a rather scary way. I also tend to have a theme in each of my books, or find a way explore a certain issue in my writing. It makes the process more interesting to me. For instance, in my most recent collaborated work, A Dangerous Tune, my co-author Rosemary Carr and I gave our main female character trouble with food sensitivities. This prompted us to research food additives, etc., which was fascinating in a rather scary way. In my first novel, The Profiteer, the underlying theme was the idea that change, while being intimidating, can often lead to something better. In my second book, Sweeter for the Pain, the overarching premise was that we all have scars, some are just less obvious than others. And Untrusting Hearts, which I co-wrote with Madison Hartt, deals with the conflict inherent in passionate relationships. But all my books hopefully bring to life matters of the heart and the special redeeming power of love.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I can’t say that I actually converse with my characters, but I often see them in my mind as one might envision a movie scene, complete with expressions, dialogue, and action.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many authors I admire, it’s difficult to choose a favorite. It depends, really, on the genre. As far as romance is concerned I like Jude Deveraux and Nicholas Sparks. When it comes to horror/suspense, I enjoy books by Gillian Flynn, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Clive Cussler. Science fiction also appeals to me. I have a habit of reading indie authors as well and have a list of favorites in that category too numerous to mention.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose self-publishing for two reasons. Number one, I like the autonomy of it. Number two, the time involved in finding and being accepted by a traditional publisher seemed daunting, not to mention how overwhelming the odds.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I haven’t really been doing this long enough to have an informed opinion, but I believe self-publishing may be the wave of the future. It eliminates the gate-keepers (which is good and bad), it gives readers more choice, it pays better royalties than traditional publishing, and it is the ultimate in freedom. Freedom is a big issue with me. The downside, of course, is that an indie author doesn’t have access to the marketing and promo a traditionally published author does.
What genres do you write?
romance, romantic suspense, romantic mystery
What formats are your books in?