Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been a closet author for twenty years. I am just now letting my light shine. My first book was “Correspondence with the Tooth Fairy,” adorable correspondence between my daughter and me while she was losing her teeth. I followed this with a series of humorous children’s poetry called, “Make Me Laugh.” I am disappointed by the common use of gratuitous humor by children’s authors resorting to references about farting, or barfing. I try to create memorable characters, use strong rhymes and meter, and always have a clever twist at the end to tickle the funny bone.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Christopher the Christmas Cow has been a project a year in the making. I wrote the story 13 years ago as a little play for a church Christmas party. I later recorded the book as an audio book and this year I worked with an illustrator to turn it into this bedtime reader. I hope that the story becomes a season staple. I am so excited to finally launch it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write from the comfort of my reclining sofa in my family room so I am close to the family action in the kitchen!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Jim Hensen, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkein, Scott Adams, Madeleine L’Engle, Miguel de Cervantes.
What are you working on now?
I will launch my first novel titled, “Omniscience” in February 2018.
Nathan Dunford needed humbling. Ten years of meteoric business success turned him into a colossal jerk. Little does he know he stands on the brink of disaster, about to lose everything he holds dear; his business, his family, and what shreds of his integrity he still has. Only an act of God can save him from his narcissism.
Nathan is about to receive the unique ability to see people around him for who they truly are. He will instantly understand everything about a person – all of their feelings – all of their thoughts. He is about to become Omniscient. But will the insight change how he treats the people most dear to him or will it make him a monster?
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am new to this, and looking for ways to build my direct email distribution list for future publications.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am a new author and I am in the business to learn from other authors.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
What are you reading now?
Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke. Such a beautifully simple book with a wonderful concept of combining wisdom from many authors into a small compendium as though it were written by a noble night.
What’s next for you as a writer?
In the coming year I will be publishing sweet romance novels as well as a series of books targeted at tween boy readers (ages 10 – 14). I am also likely to publish my weekly blog titled Memoirs of a Paperboy blog as an e-book. Finally, I will be starting a VLOG as a health and fitness coach for aging men.
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?
Scriptures, the Globe Illustrated Shakespeare, the Lord of the Rings trilogy + Hobbit.
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