Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello, I was born in Pomona, CA, in 1992 and I now attend the University of Riverside where I major in History Admin Studies. So far I have written a total of four books, all within the Reverence series, and with many more to come. My favorite hobbies are brewery exploration, comics and going tot he movies, and COFFEE. I’m also trying to get into traveling more.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is End of Knighthood Part III: Ballad of Demise. The Reverence Series will be told in arcs, each three books long, and EOK Part III is the finale of the sequel trilogy to Reverence Volume 1. I was mainly inspired by the sci-fi films such as Blade Runner and Dark City, but I also added elements of the Western. I guess you could say Game of Thrones as well since the series follows a large cast of characters. I love science fiction, but I wanted to keep it fairly grounded (ex. didn’t want time travel or aliens) and also address real problems in our society.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Hmm, Probably that I feel at my best (creatively anyways) between the hours of 10pm-2am. Hence the coffee. As you might have guessed, I like it dark, preferably French Roast.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m mainly influenced by Stephen King since knows how to build to a character moment extremely well. He can take a ridiculous concept make it tragic, terrifying, or just flat-out badass. His Dark Tower series is my favorite of his by far. I also draw a lot of inspiration from the works of Alan Moore, the comic book writer and illustrator behind Watchmen and The Killing Joke. He writes very well, always tying it back to real world problems and delving cleverly into philosophy. He makes you think.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the next arc for the Reverence series, Voice of a Cri son Angel. Like the EOK arc, it will be three books long, but this time around it is a prequel. It will explore how the war between nations came about and will focus on Will’s wife and daughter, who started the rebellion. Part I will be out by January of 2018.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m not sure on which site is best, but I will say free promotions work pretty darn well.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Self-Publishing is a do-it-yourself adventure, but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. They are plenty of author communities out there who will be glad to give you advice and there are plenty of websites that offer editing, covers, and more for very affordable prices. Don’t let fear of overpaying scare you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Always seek a second opinion, maybe even a third or fourth. You don’t have to take all the advice you get, but these extra eyes may point things out to you that you never noticed before. This can be extremely helpful in the writing process.
What are you reading now?
Right now I am stuck between wanting to read Clive Barker’s “Books of Blood” and the Walking Dead Compendium Three. Being school means my to-read list grows pretty much every day.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next up is the next arc in the Reverence series, the Voice of a Crimson Angel trilogy. It serves as a prequel and will focus on Will’s wife, Julissa Marconi, who started the war he has to fight now. She’s a no nonsense woman who takes crap from no one, not even Chancellor Venloran. It will begin release in January of next year.
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 boy, tough one…
1.) The final Dark Tower book 9must re-read before I die)
2.) Dune (being meaning to read it)
3. ) Batman: No Man’s Land (only two volumes in…)
*To those who would argue a book(s) on survival, I am no camper or handyman. I might as well enjoy myself before it’s all said and done.