Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have a full time auto-detailing job at a Ford dealership and write at night. I’d REALLY like to flip that situation on its head, but only time will tell! I’ve written two books, After and Preservation Protocol.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Preservation Protocol. I was inspired by the recent fears of artificial intelligence outstripping human intelligence and what that might mean for the future of mankind. I decided to take that idea and expand on it: What if the artificial intelligence gained humanlike emotion, and the drive to protect its own existence?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really! I write late at night when everyone is in bed so that I can focus. Other than that, I’m nothing special.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I grew up reading Isaac Asimov and Jules Verne. I also read a lot of Stephen King in my later school years and early adulthood. I’m definitely a fan of J.K. Rowling as well.
What are you working on now?
My first two books are strongly based in science fiction, but I’m rolling around the idea of doing something paranormal. I’m not for sure about it just yet. I’m still coming off the high of finishing Preservation Protocol!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find Amazon’s own advertising tools for Kindle are a good, strong base to start with. Ancillary promotion sites and strong word-of-mouth are an important addendum.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
You’ve got to write for the love of it when you are starting out. Nobody knows who you are, and almost nobody will care about your book. YOU need to care about your book, though! If you’re not having fun with the whole process, or are only concerned with making money? Go do something else. You’ll be miserable otherwise!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Find your happiness, find yourself.
What are you reading now?
An Adventure Time comic book! I’m such a kid, and I’m okay with that.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m really hoping to grow wings as an author. I’d love to be able to transition to it full time and put out three or four books a year. Only time will tell!
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?
Oh, wow! What a question. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, because like I said, I’m still a kid. Maybe “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Maybe “Different Seasons” by Stephen King. I’m just coming up with these off the top of my head. It really is a difficult question.