Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I love to read, especially on rainy days. It calms me and often makes me feel safe and secure. When I was a teenager, I spent a week in the hospital and almost died. The event shook me and I withdrew from most of my friends after my discharge. For the remainder of the Summer, I read everything I could get my hands on at home. I eventually overcame the shock of my experience. But not before I had read almost two dozen books!
I’ve written three books thus far, but I’ve only released one. The other two will be out soon.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book is called Half-Cut. It’s about a group of detectives from Yonkers, New York, and their supervisor. I was on the Internet one day and read about an old cold case that a detective in Yonkers solved. Then, I found out that the Son of Sam lived in Yonkers just before his arrest. I was hooked on all things Yonkers.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Whenever an idea comes to me, I type it in the body of the book I’m working on and later find a place for it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, James Michener, Charles Dickens, Jonathan Kellerman, etc.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on my third book in the Cut series. I’m torn between two titles: Prime Cut or Final Cut.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
It’s hard to say. I suggest you search the Internet for the top 10-15 ebook promotion sites. Then read each site carefully.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Use beta readers. They provide extremely helpful feedback. Find a great editor. Vet him or her. Check out the books they’ve edited. Last, find a professional cover designer.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t give up.
What are you reading now?
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m working on several writing projects. I hope to release one of my books in the near future.
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?
The Old Man and the Sea
The Great Gatsby
The Bridge of San Luis Rey