Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been a playwright for the last twenty years of so, and had a story with characters that weren’t interested in being on stage, but demanded to be heard. I finally gave in and have loved every minute spent with Rene and Akeefa. The Sun God’s Heir is a trilogy and as of October, all three books are available.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Sun God’s Heir. I’m sure that this is common among writers, but I had a dream. When I awoke, I had the main character and the protagonist and the germ of the story. It took me years and NANOWRIMO to actually put the beginnings of the story to paper.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I sometimes write in my pajamas, but that’s about as far as I go. Being naked is a little drafty and doesn’t add to the muse. Showing up is always the hardest. There is always something other that I could be doing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
All of them. Beginning with Walter Farley, to Robert Heinlein, to Ursula Le Guinn, to Dan Brown, to Peter Hamilton, and on and on and on.
What are you working on now?
Connecting with folks who might enjoy my story.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesome Gang and sites like yours have been very effective in helping me get the word out. I use Facebook and Twitter, but my short prose could be better.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get your butt into the chair. All the conferences and social events will not get that book into your reader’s hands. With the exception of some rare individuals, it will take some time. Before making an assault on the publishing establishment, edit, and then edit again. Then polish and edit. Did I say edit. The temptation to display your art so others can admire its beauty (and it is beautiful) is overwhelming. Whelm it. You’ll know when you have done everything you can. Then send it out/publish it so others can share what you’ve done.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Finish the play.
What are you reading now?
Ready Player One
What’s next for you as a writer?
Begin the next trilogy.
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?
The Earthsea Trilogy, and the Celestine Prophesy