Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Well, I’m in hiding from a hitman, which is an unusual situation to find myself in, and I wrote the book as Vol I and II combined, separated them, and sold them individually, then put it back together again, when, said hitman and other guilty parties, took offense. Felt like it’s been a life time. So previously I was citizen normal, raising a young man, and running a few businesses. Now I’m just never where people think I am, which is tiresome, and I desperately, to my core, just want this story spread like a virus, ( hopefully being a quality read) so that the justice system is forced to take note and finish its job. Then maybe I can come home, maybe.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
What Happened to Paul Carter? Edited VOL I & II. the very true story of love, passion & a hitman.
Sadly inspired because the events are true, and pretty much, no matter how you think the situation occurred, and what happens, you will be wrong. It is hard to categorize genre, when it’s a psychological thriller, mystery, dark romance, all of which happens to be a true crime.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wrote all of the events down on sticky notes, as I tried to figure the story out myself: what had just happened to my life. I then kept the confusion, that I had gone through, the manner in which it unfolded, bit by shocking bit, so the reader doesn’t get an easy ride. To be honest, I want the reader to feel every bit of exhaustion, shock and hurt, every fear. It was like studying being so clinical and third party to personal events. A thousand sticky notes of memories leading me untangle a web that my life has become.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My reading is soft history fiction, the odd suspense. Nothing romantic wishy washy, no horror. Nothing vividly scary. So imagine me suddenly living that, which I’m not even prepared to read about.
What are you working on now?
I did write another book about the history of a town. Sadly I cant link them. At least not at present.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The first edition received 40 solid reviews ( not including the hitman etc, who put some mean ones, on facebook and Amazon). I signed up for the hiddenromancegem reviews. They don’t just do romance, and book about 6 weeks out. This was my most successful review campaign. I also am trying Facebook review sites, and bloggers. Nothing to lose. Promotion is harder than the writing, or pretty darn close.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write and edit, leave it sit, then go back and read it afresh. ( and expect to learn a whole of of skills to promote your masterpiece)
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Several indie books that I will kindly leave reviews for.
What’s next for you as a writer?
vol III? who knows?
In all seriousness, I have written another book. Two non fiction books, and sadly cant link them just yet. Hopefully one day, when I can walk down the street without looking over my shoulder.
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?
reader digest, greatest art works of the world
anything dhali lama
i think this would occupy my soul and keep me company.