Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I had a master’s degree in public relations and was working for a tiny PR firm in 2016 when I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Everything was terrible. Luckily, my wife has a good career and I was able to quit my job and give writing a try. I’d always wanted to write but it was easy to make excuses.
My perfect day consists of a morning run, some PB & J for lunch and NBA basketball in the evening.
Unholy Revelations is my first book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my book is Unholy Revelations. The story’s premise had been in my head since college, and I’d actually attempted to write it twice before graduating. I’ve always liked horror books and been intrigued with the idea of possession. I wanted to take the idea of possession and give it actual consequence. Not just isolate it within one person or one family.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite book is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. There is so much detail, but none of it is unnecessary. I try to think what would add to the reader’s experience, whether it’s a character’s food choices, etc. It’s a balance.
What are you working on now?
I just finished my first novel, Little Big Brother. It will be out soon. I’m currently working on a book called The Horologist.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This is my first book, but from my research, I love sites like Awesomegang. They make it easy to promote my work and I’m able to provide some insight into why I think readers will like it. I also use Twitter, Reddit and LinkedIn.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write. When I’m stuck, the best thing I can do is write. Even if I don’t use any of it, it can lead to the next scene or I may surprise myself and write something amazing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t let fear dictate your actions. It’s okay to be scared, but it shouldn’t stop you from doing what you want.
What are you reading now?
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More novels. I wanted to get Unholy Revelations out of the way because it had been in my head for so long. It was a good starting point because it’s shorter and I’m getting a good idea for what promoting my own work will consist of.
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?
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons. The Harry Potter series counts as one book.
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