Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in southern California, USA. Since my family moved a lot, I have lived in 49 of the 50 states for at least two weeks each. I’ve been to college three times, garnering degrees in Anthropology (Archaeology) and Geology (Paleontology). Sadly, I no longer roam the land, having been corralled into an office where I pretend that I am riding my desk off into the sunset on a daily basis. Though I have only published one book, I have three written, and outlines for something like 124 across science fiction and fantasy.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The current publication is The Neo-Crystalia Chronicles, Hunter’s Saga Book I, Williamsburg’s Finest. I lived in Williamsburg, Virginia for a while and used that as one of the cities that survived into my dystopian future. Since my main characters are bounty hunters, it seems only appropriate that I called them Williamsburg’s Finest, even though it seems they barely escape each situation.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
When I write, I have to have music playing, for sound, and something on the TV in the background, usually muted, for motion. Only by having both of these going on can I get my Attention Deficit Disorder afflicted brain to settle down enough to spit out the stories that are constantly rolling around up there.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
JRR Tolkien (The Hobbit; Lord of the Rings; The Silmarillion), Frank Herbert (Dune), Alan Nourse (Blade Runner); Piers Anthony (Incarnations of Immortality; Xanth); John DeChancie (Starrigger); David Eddings (The Belgariad); Dante Alighieri (The Divine Comedy) … and so many more that I cannot list them all without driving people crazy.
What are you working on now?
I have the entire Neo-Crystalia chain. So far that includes: The Ascension (2 books), Mobile Unit Six Saga (3 books), Hunter’s Saga (3 books), Ravenwolf’s Saga (3 books), EPD Saga (3 books), and PPD Saga (3 books). I have my fantasy series in The Blind Servant (2 Books) and The Blade Servant (2 to 10 books depending on my mind). I also have some sketches for others, but they haven’t made it to plot lines yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Currently, and maybe sadly, Amazon is my current promotion place. I have Independent Stories Incorporated as both an out of date website and a slightly more up to date Facebook page.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write every day, even if it’s garbage.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Funny thing… write every day, even if it’s garbage.
What are you reading now?
“Ill Fares the Land” by Tony Judt. It came as a recommendation from a friend. I would not recommend it to people wanting fiction.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More writing. I have my second book in the polishing phase. I expect it out soon. Maybe March.
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?
A survival guide to being stranded on a desert island, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, probably some graphic novels, and at least one blank journal with pen so I could keep writing.