Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have actually been writing since grade school. It is probably fortunate that none of my early manuscripts still exist, but I have gotten much better since those days. The four years that I spent in the military as a member of one of the “Alphabet” agencies was the inspiration for my Alphabet Soup series. So far, there are two books in the series with a third in the planning stages. This series belongs to the Mystery/Thriller genre. I have also completed a Science Fiction novel (written under the pseudonym C.J. Nash,) but I haven’t found a publisher for it. My passion is writing and you can expect to see a lot more books from me.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Code Breaker was actually inspired by my first book, Alphabet Soup. So I guess you could say that both books were inspired by my experience with one of our government’s “Alphabet” agencies. Though the book is primarily fiction, there are some events that are real. Any real events were never classified or have since been declassified. All the names and many of the places are fictional.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have always been a big fan of Science Fiction. My favorite writers in that genre were Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. I also love reading the courtroom drama of John Grisham. But I love to read in any genre.
What are you working on now?
I am taking a break from my Alphabet Soup series but am planning on beginning the third book after I complete my current work in progress: Five Million Reasons. Five Million Reasons is an adventure with a touch of humor. The story: Five million dollars was stolen from a contractor. Because the money might not be totally legal, the contractor doesn’t report the theft to the police; instead, he decides to hire a couple of private detectives to return his money. Only the “detectives” aren’t really detectives at all. They are just run-of-the-mill common (very common) people who smell money and fake their way into the assignment. There may not be five million laughs in this story, but there are several good chuckles.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write. Don’t get stuck and think that you have writer’s block. Just keep writing. Maybe what you write will be gold. But even if it is garbage, that can be edited. And, if you can find a local writer’s group, join it. They will give you support when you get those rejection letters. They will also tell you if your work is gold or garbage. And, if it’s garbage, they can help you spin that straw into gold.
What are you reading now?
Sea Horses by Cheryll Snow
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am compiling notes for a half-dozen books and another half-dozen short stories. I plan to be very busy in the coming years.
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?
Glory Road by Robert Heinlein. I have read it many times, but I love that book. The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.
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