Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a web app developer/database admin at my day job but deep down I’m a cartoonist, musician, and author. I’ve put a few different comics up online for a few years at a time and tried my hand at animation and games. I finally decided to sit down and finish a book and The Woodies was the result. It’s my first.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest and first book is called The Woodies. I’ve always enjoyed making up stories on the spot and I’ve been doing so for myself and for others (including my cousins when I was younger, my daughters when they were younger, and my nieces and nephews now) for a long time. The Woodies is what happened when I finally listened to my brother’s advance and typed one up.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to overthink things to the point of ridiculousness then completely throw it all out the window when I sit down to finalize it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
A. A. Milne is a big one. My dad read Winnie the Pooh to us when were kids so his version of the characters’ voices and way of reading it plays a part in that. Tolkien is another. I love the idea of building such a massive mythology on your own. Jeff Smith’s comic Bone is a huge influence, too. It’s the perfect balance of humor and adventure with great art and story.
What are you working on now?
I’ve been trying to figure out something to do with some digital puppets I’ve created and I’m always trying to come up with an idea for a new comic or story.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t have a lot of experience promoting my work so I can’t really speak to the best method. I think word of mouth and social media are the way to go these days, though.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Finishing a thing is way more important than having something that’s perfect but not finished.” – Jake Parker
What are you reading now?
I’m reading The Black Company series by Glen Cook. I’m also listening to the audio version of The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie.
What’s next for you as a writer?
If people are interested enough I’d like to write a follow up to The Woodies.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Bone – One Volume Edition by Jeff Smith
The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Calvin & Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson
Author Websites and Profiles
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