Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi, I’m glad to meet each of you. Currently, I have six published novels and two anthologies, one of which is being released currently. I have ten other books which I am in different stages of work, some nearly finished while others I only have the story in my mind.
I grew up in small towns for the most part. That really made me appreciate that type of environment. I still remember being in fourth grade, having my horse tied up in the backyard. I would get up early before school to ride my little mare Raven. I’m sure I would show up with horse hair all over my butt and smelling like horses since I rode bareback as I could not afford a saddle.
As I got older, I found I liked to read. My favorite genre was fantasy but I dabbled in westerns and adventure series. I love series. I hate it when my story ends. I think that is why I prefer to write novels in series. I feel for the reader who would not want their story to end.
In the nineties, I bought a bookstore, I was in high heaven. It wasn’t long before I had read over 500 books, mostly fantasy. Later I decided to write my own books. After spending a couple of decades dabbling in physics, genetics and philosophy, concentrating on consciousness, I began to prepare to write my stories.
A lot of my stories bring into light the knowledge of a hidden potential of humans and some of the hidden knowledge of our species and the history of our planet. Presenting these things hidden within the storyline makes for very interesting reading. Recently I published a book concentrating on hidden knowledge about our species called The Steps to Building the 7th Sense. A workshop in Australia has been developed from this book to be presented to the public up in the Blue Mountains area at an ashram.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My recent book which is just now being released is ‘The Hybrid Anunnaki’ which is book two of The Disclosure Files. The first book in the series called ‘Assassinating Custer’ which is based on the manuscript of William D. Nugent, is what inspired me to write this one. William had written a manuscript back in the early part of the twentieth century. He tried a number of times to get it published but each time something or someone would interfere and stop the process. He spent the rest of his life trying to tell the story about how Custer was set up to take the fall for Little Bighorn. What I found was that there was a much larger conspiracy taking place with President Grant with Custer being caught up in the events. An easy scapegoat was what he became as President Grant got his way. A secret war was transpiring with President Grant at the helm. This was proven in our Supreme Court and the government ordered to pay restitution.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I generally line out a story in my mind. I like to let it stew. I want to give my full potential into developing the story. After it settles into an outline of events I like to create the cover of the novel. This motivates me to write the story. Every day I can look at that cover to remind me of the storyline which I had in my mind that day. I love to write in first person perspective. This allows me to step into the shoes of the characters. Become the characters for a time. It is very challenging and very appealing to me. It allows me to stretch my mind so as to be able to imagine being that person.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist, Stephen R. Donaldson, R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman and many others. These were some of my favorite writers in fantasy. Each one has their own place in my heart and their unique effect on me which molded my style of writing.
What are you working on now?
There are ten books which I am working on at the moment. Four of them are collaborations with other authors, while one is a movie screenplay which I am rewriting and releasing as a novel. Two of them are based on real-life individuals and the unusual events which played out in their lives.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
That is what I am learning. Promoting books these days is a problem unless you devote a major budget. So what works? That is what I am studying. I have attempted a number of marketing companies, most of which have had no effect or very little. I am continuing to experiment with others, including Facebook marketing, which has not had good results yet. Of course bad results can be had because of bad marketing literature or graphics or other problematic issues, but i’m going to figure it out. It is only a matter of time.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you are planning on writing a novel, the first thing I would tell you is, just start writing. If you never begin, you will never finish. A lot of new authors have trouble getting started. I have offered to help a number of new authors myself. I am actually writing four novels in a collaborative effort to help kickstart some of them. That has been an interesting set of events all by itself.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Most marketing companies don’t work. That is the best advice I have ever heard. Read what other authors have to say about their experiences. This is one reason I came to Awesome Gang, they had topnotch reviews from other authors.
What are you reading now?
Coven of Wolves by Peter Saenz. Peter is a good writer who I met on the internet. He has become a good friend and given me a lot of advice. He is trying to get funding to turn his Coven of Wolves series into a TV pilot. I wish him well in his endeavor.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a lot of books to finish but one, in particular, is very interesting to me. Up in Mount Airey, called Mayberry from the Andy Griffin Show, lived a man named Neil Shelton. I am preparing to write his story. The real story. This man worked hard to become a millionaire to only have his wife decide to divorce him. It appeared she was having an affair behind his back he claims and she decided to take his kids from him and all his money by getting an attorney who was also a state representative. Her attorney told Neil that if he would hand over the desired money and take limited rights to his kids that everything would be fine. He disagreed and she told him that she would ruin his life if he did not change his mind.
He did not change his mind as he loved his children. That is when the nightmare began. Restraining orders issued, many arrests and all bogus. His business and money stripped illegally from him. A fake letter branding him as a terrorist sent to his wife. Then he found himself in jail for nearly a year all the while his fortunes being stripped while he could do nothing.
Writing the governor and state D.A., they refused to assist him even though he presented proof to them of his innocence along with proof of his wife’s attorney’s illegal activities against him. Not only that but the sheriff, banker, police chief, judge, court clerk and many others assist the state rep to illegally prosecute him.
Then they tried to kill him. He had to flee the state and go into hiding. Now he also began to create lawsuits to fight them. With the court clerk along with others still fighting him, he brought a film crew from Fox TV to witness the illegal activities. They captured footage of just that. Now Neil has many lawsuits against them all. He might even win them. If he can’t get justice in that state he will go to federal court where he will find justice.
As you can see this is a very interesting project and one I look forward to doing. We also have plans to make a movie about this story. Wish us luck.
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?
I think I would like to take James Mahu’s books. James is the author of the wingmaker’s site and his writing has always been very interesting. His experiences have been extra-ordinary and his identity might be one beyond words.