Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I work in web design, graphics, and technical editing and I’m in a Christian rock band. A fan of all things science fiction, my interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online I’m the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. (http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/) My books include Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and Dragon of the Stars and I live in the Carolinas with my wife.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Dragon of the Stars was my last full-length novel. Separate from my series, it was inspired by Ayreon’s song Dragon on the Sea. The song is about the Queen sending Sir Francis Drake to defend their country, and I imagined the basics of the story in a science fiction setting. http://whatarethekargrandes.com/
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I prefer to write to music – prog rock or heavy metal.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My influences include Timothy Zahn, Robert E. Heinlein, and Alan Dean Foster.
What are you working on now?
My last story was a prequel to my Cassa Trilogy – a short story called CassaDawn. Now I am working on a book that will take place several years after the trilogy ends.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Blogging is still my preferred way to promote, plus I’m on Twitter. I’ve always tried to promote others as much as possible through both social platforms, and both writers and fans have been great with promoting my books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It’s all in the timing. Just keep after it and your time will come. Also, be the biggest supporter out there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I was told to start a blog right away and that’s been the greatest blessing. I’ve made so many friends and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group would not exist without blogging.
What are you reading now?
Stargate: Atlantis – Homecoming
What’s next for you as a writer?
I do hope to finish this next Cassa story and I’ll continue to focus on the growth of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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?
First choice would be my Bible. I’d also take my autographed Sword of Shannara and one of Preston and Child’s Agent Pendergast books.