I was born and grew up in Utah and Denver, Colorado. When I was nineteen I lived in South Korea for eighteen months where I served an ecclesiastical mission for my church. Upon returning home I spent a few more years in Utah, met my best friend, married her, and then decided to move to Washington where we lived for twelve years and were blessed with four great children. Beginning in the year 2000 our family has been on an odyssey of sorts across the country. We lived in southern Idaho for two years and then I decided to pursue a master’s degree so we moved to northern Idaho to attend the University of Idaho. Upon graduating with a Master of Architecture we moved to Florida for a year, back west for a wonderful two years in sunny southern Utah and then to New Orleans, Louisiana for a fun filled two years.
I have provided for my family by working in various occupations throughout the years, including vascular technology, graphic design, and most recently architecture. I currently live with my wife and four kids in the great state of Wyoming where I am writing every free moment I can find.
What inspires you to write?
It all started with a short story by Ray Bradbury when I was about nine years old. Much of the prose at the time was probably incomprehensible to my young third or fourth grade mind but something about a space ship hurtling toward the sun captured my imagination. I’ve always had a love for science fiction which became almost an obsession after I saw Star Wars in the theater in 1977. Since then my tastes have matured and now I enjoy reading all kinds of books. I love a good spy thriller or a suspenseful crime story and really enjoy well written fantasy but, I’m still a science fiction geek at heart and I’m inspired by the challenge of bringing a far-out fantastical vision I can see in my mind, to life on the pages of a book; an epic story with a gripping story and memorable characters.
Tell us about your writing process.
I see or read something that kick starts my cerebral gears churning and envision what shape the idea will take in a story. I then begin to see the story like a movie in my head and then proceed to write a rough outline. Once I have a workable outline I begin to write while working out the story and characters as I write. I prefer to write with pen on lined composition paper in longhand. The margins of the page are fertile ground for throwing down quick thoughts and ideas about the story and characters. As I write new characters introduce themselves and I write down their descriptions in the page’s margin or as plot challenges crop up I work out the resolution off to the the side of the page and then continue writing. Once I have a rough draft I begin the process of working out details and characters in the subsequent drafts until I have the final product, an epic story with thrills and adventure.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m not much of a conversationalist even in real life so mostly I just listen to my characters. I’m a pretty good listener and they are quick to inform me if something I am writing doesn’t really fit in with their personality.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you have great ideas and want to write, apply your butt to a chair and write! Don’t stop until you’ve produced something for someone else to read then let them read it and critique it. Their comments may tear you apart and hurt your feelings and you may decide to give up. At this point you can take your hurt feelings and just quit or you can learn from the critique and re-write your story improving it. Don’t be afraid of constructive criticism because it will only help to improve your writing. Don’t quit, keep at it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like the idea of directing my own destiny and being able to write what I want. Writing is truly a creative event and I wanted something that I can control. I chose independent publishing because of this and have enjoyed being able to design every aspect of the story including the design, the cover, and how the words appear on the page.
There are pros and cons to self publishing. The main downside I have found is that you don’t have a publishing company doing the marketing for you. Self publishing requires you to do your own marketing and that can diminish the time you get to spend writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think over time that self publishing will really become huge but there will always probably be large publishers that continue to publish. While a lot of the market seems to be headed toward e-books I think there will always be a place for non-battery-operated reading material.
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print