I moved to the metro-Atlanta area in November, 1983 from a small town in mid-Michigan.
It was here that I began my professional career in manufacturing. My business contacts allowed me to meet people from around the world, to learn their cultures and give me the opportunity to share our American culture with them.
Almost four years ago while on a lunch break, I was watching a network news station where the panelists talked about the upcoming presidential election.
Like being hit by a lightning bolt, the idea for my first novel, found its way into the empty corners of my mind. Believe me, I have plenty. From that day on I slowly developed the story on my lunch breaks and any available time I had on the weekends.
With the support and love from my wife, my family and several close friends, I am proud to say, I have completed my debut novel— Neptune’s Chalice.
I have chosen to publish this first novel, in eBook format. Take a moment and view the trailer of this suspense thriller.
I hope you enjoy it, and I am looking forward to reading your reviews.
What inspires you to write?
True historical events. When I read or hear of a story that intrigues me.
Also, a simple spoken sentence may spark a book idea. My mind is always open to a new idea.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner. For my first novel, I hand wrote the outline while on my lunch break when I was working. Once I completed that, I transferred it to the computer. During that process, I fine-tuned the story and was able to see how it flowed.
The characters were also created while hand writing the first outline. I played with the names several times until I was comfortable with the choices. Now I can see how difficult it can be naming a child!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't talk or listen to my characters. When I create them, I first get an image of them in my mind. Sometimes, what they look like is based on someone I may have met or seen on film.
Depending who the character is and how he relates to the story, is when I give them their personality. Everyone of my characters share one thing, they all are a part of me. I grew close to them.
You would think that after working on something for almost two years, one would be glad it's finished. Not so with me. I was actually sad. I knew I would not see those characters again on a daily basis.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've never stayed up all night reading. I love my sleep too much! But, I would say Dan Brown is my favorite author.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When Neptune's Chalice was completed, my dream was to have a literary agent or publisher pick my book up. After almost four months of sending out copies of my manuscript and query letters, it became evident that I would be publishing my first work myself. I decided to publish it in eBook format only to start with.
After my book was out for a couple of months, I decided to test the waters in the audio book market. I submitted the manuscript to three audio publishers. Within about three weeks, I was offered a contract from a publisher. I am happy to say, Neptune's Chalice should be available in audio format sometime early 2020.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
If my experience was any indication of future book publishing, I would say that self publishing in eBook and audio format will be the way of the future.
Books in print will still be available, but by PTO (Print to Order)
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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