Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live as a recluse with my wife and three children somewhere in the hills of Eastern Kansas. When I’m not helping with homework, or running errands, or paying bills, or working, or spending time with my family, or sleeping, or eating, or using the bathroom, I like to write.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book is called Holliday’s Gold and it’s a modern re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
I’d read the classic to my kids a few years back and thought it might be a fun exercise to write my own version. So I sat down and I wrote:
Once upon a time there lived three bears.These were no ordinary bears, mind you. They didn’t live in caves, they didn’t stand about by great North American rivers, idly swiping salmon from the churning waters as the poor fish struggled upstream in hopes of perpetuating their species, and they most certainly did not spend the greater part of their day trying to steal honey from bees. No, these bears were different.
And from there I just didn’t stop.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
At least, I don’t think that I do.
I write only on the weekdays an hour before I have to leave for work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Douglas Adams and Stephen King.
What are you working on now?
My Super Midlife Crisis.
It’s about a guy in his mid to late 30’s, he’s married with kids, and he suddenly gets super powers. He then has to try and juggle working two jobs, spending time with his family, saving the known world, and trying to figure out just where his priorities truly are.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Good question. I’m still new to all of this so the promotion aspect is still something I’m learning … so I’ll say Awesome Gang 🙂
Do you have any advice for new authors?
But seriously. Find people who can help. If you can’t afford an editor, find people who are willing to read your stuff and find all the errors.
Be patient. This stuff doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes a long time to write a book, then revise it, then edit and all that.
Other than that, just write.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write. Just write and don’t stop.
What are you reading now?
The Morningstar Trilogy by Z.A. Recht
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m just going to keep writing. I have about ten or so projects I’m working on, but I’d like to try and stick with My Super Midlife Crisis and get that out there by this time 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?
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Stand by Stephen King
The Long, Dark Tea-time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
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