I am a husband and father of three wonderful children who all happen to be mildly autistic. I am a computer programmer by day and author by night. I was born and raised in Nebraska and currently reside in Lincoln with my family. Oh, and I have a great Mickey Mouse impersonation that I can do!
What inspires you to write?
I began to write because as a kid I dreamed of having a sword like the ones in my stories. I didn’t want to forget about it, so I started writing about it. Finishing the series is what has been keeping me going. I plan to write five in the Swords of B’ajj series. My wife has been wonderful as well in keeping me going as have many friends.
Tell us about your writing process.
I prefer to write down the main story line and then go back through and add to it and revise multiple times as needed. I need to have the main story down first though so that I know where it needs to go. I then like to have help from critique groups and an editor to refine the details down.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to think as they would think and speak how I think they would speak. I can’t say that I’ve ever listened or talked to them. Possibly a little subconsciously though.
What advice would you give other writers?
There’s nothing stopping you from finding your dreams in writing. Just get to work and get something on paper (or computer) and share your ideas with the world! There should be nothing stopping you from realizing your goals.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go with the self-publishing method. I felt that it would be the best for me. I have not regretted that move at all. It gives you more confidence to share what you know is good and gets you out there. It is more work trying to promote yourself, but it can be worth it. I would encourage any method of publication. If you want to try traditional first, by all means, do that. If it doesn’t work, or you want more control over your work, go with self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think at the moment, self-publishing is really taking off. I think it will eventually level off and there will be a firm mix of traditional and self-publishing. I think both are good and will be beneficial to each other as the self-publishing format moves into its own.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Young Adult; Fantasy; Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print