Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a punk rocker, skateboarder and astrophysics student. I am 41, was born in Kentucky and have lived in Oakland California since 1997. I have written 8 books and published 3. The others are on their way. I write under my real name and also my pen name Justin Tense.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Beast. It was inspired by a real-life cryptid sighting in Kentucky when I was a kid. Several of my friends saw it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes. I smoke tons of marijuana when I write. I also listen to Thrash Metal while I write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Michael Moorcock, Tolkien, Martin, Clive Barker, Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, Howard and Lovecraft…just tons and tons of writers.
What are you working on now?
A fantasy series and a sci-fi novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have just begun to promote, so I don’t know for sure, but I will say anything but facebook. Facebook is absolute garbage for book promotion.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write. Let it suck. Fix it. Edit it more. Get beta readers. Then edit more. Then, when you finally like it, publish! See, it wasn’t that hard, was it?
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Don’t go ninjy-in’ nobody that don’t need ninjy-in’.” – The West Virginia Ninja
What are you reading now?
Destroyer by Chris Fox.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Fame and Fortune baby!
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?
Complete works of Robert E. Howard, a couple of Elric novels, Dune and Complete works of H.P. Lovecraft.
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