Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a retired Navy veteran with three novels published through my indie company The Pantheon Collective. I also have several publishing credits online and in print, from short stories to articles on exercise and writing. In my “day job,” I’m an exercise physiologist who prescribes exercise therapy for cardiac patients.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest novel is entitled Tangled, a psychological suspense. While in the military, I witnessed all kinds of deviant behaviors from people you’d least expect, turning into mini-soap operas that begged to be told somehow. I’m also a sucker for those random headlines and videos that show up in my Facebook feed, describing something wild that was committed against a friend, lover, or family member. I can never resist clicking, and I was curious: Can I craft a story that’s as jaw-dropping as some of the stuff I’d read in a headline or seen on video?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’ve written entire essays for school and complete chapters on my iPhone. I still use my phone to write notes and chapters. I wrote about 80% of my non-fiction book Exercises for Older Veterans with PTSD on my iPhone.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve always loved Stephen King, but Eric Jerome Dickey has been my greatest influence.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel about the problems associated with absentee parents and how their kids are impacted by their absence.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Engaging people on social media (specifically Facebook) has probably been the greatest promotional tool for me. I’ve met with book clubs, have had posts tagged about my books, started successful contests that led to sales, and posted videos–all through social media.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Always get a professional cover and edit!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up on your dreams. Sounds cliche, but still great advice.
What are you reading now?
Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft and Decadence by Eric Jerome Dickey.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope to release my fourth novel in 2018 while promoting new books from my partners Omar L. Harris and Stephanie Casher.
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?
Bible, Think and Grow Rich, and any how-to book about getting off a deserted island.