Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
At this point I would rather consider myself a pseudonym rather than an actual author since I’m still trying to acquire an agent to represent my books that are currently interweaving with the fiber optics in my Gator flash drive rather than with the grand traditional published authors of Commercial, Women’s, Men’s, YA, New Adult, and the occasional Sci-Fi genres.
Aside from being (professionally) born at the turn of the “digital age”, I currently reside somewhere in Arizona with my fiancé, my two teens, and a yard full of tiny dogs.
HUSH, LAST BITE! and ROMEO are just three from a dozen books (I have penned in the last six years) published thus far.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
First, my inspiration when writing any novel usually stems from either a thought or a sentence I had written down on a piece of paper but in this case, now with my latest novel, ROMEO, this inspiration derives from the actual play, Romeo+Juliet. Now while many readers might consider ROMEO to be a complete “knock-off” (because ROMEO is written in the same fashion as Shakespeare’s play, Romeo+Juliet) I consider it to be “one-of-its kind” because the MS format breaks, as well, challenges the barrier of traditionally formatted novels. Aside from format, ROMEO is a modern-day Romeo+Juliet love story with a paranormal twist which I believe will not only entertain the reader but will leave a yearning to read more books written in the style of ROMEO.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to bite on ice cubes when I write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Because I write in various genres, anyone from Cormac McCarthy to S.E. Hinton to Jackie Collins influence me.
Now a special note on Jackie Collins. . .I just so happen to own her first print edition novel, The World Is Full Of Married Men which I bought in a thrift store for a mere .65 cents back in the ’90’s. And to this day, her book continues to sit proudly on my shelf as I have aspirations of her personally signing it for me one day!
What are you working on now?
I’m currently revising my first self-published novel, HUSH.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Since I am relatively new to the age of “digital marketing”, I am sorry to report that I haven’t quite mastered that aspect as of yet. But for the meantime, my site and other subsidiary sites (Amazon, About.ME, CreateSpace, Etsy) is where I’m currently promoting and selling my books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Stay positive. Stay focused. Stay determined. And occasionally walk away from your laptop/pc and do other things that don’t pertain to writing. I find this method best enhances your writing and your skills and will make you that much more of a successful writer.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It’s actually from a quote by Stephen King:
“If you don’t have the time to read then you don’t have the time to write.”
What are you reading now?
“The Great Gatsby”, “The GodFather”, and “The Lincoln Lawyer”.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To write more!
AND to acquire an agent.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Actually I have two:
No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen