Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have nine books in my Captain No Beard series. Sixteen in the non-fiction cultural series If You Were Me and Lived in…
I have one preschool story about yoga, and Whales’ Big Adventure- a collaboration with my five year old grandson.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
If You Were Me and Lived in…China. It is the latest in my introduction to culture for young children around the world. I am determined to cover the globe. The series discusses various aspects for children ages 4 to 8, that will hopefully spark an interest in learning about the customs and cultures around the world.
My other new release is number nine in the Captain No Beard series, A Flag for the Flying Dragon, a series that teaches gentle lessons for children ages 3-8. They are mostly action-packed and fun for the whole family. Captain No Beard must use his wits to both find a job for his newest crew member and cousin, Zach, as well as a flag for the Flying Dragon. The crew comes together with rewarding results. It was given Five Stars by the Foreword Review.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can write at my desk while I am working my regular job. I like multi-tasking.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love to read. I started early when I was six with with Nancy Drew and now read at least one book a night. My favorite authors are Jojo Moynes, Phillipa Gregory, Tracey Chevalier, Bernard Cornwell, Liane Moriarty, James Clavell, and Michael Phillip Cash ( my son- I must add, a most gifted author.)
What are you working on now?
If You Were Me and Lived in…Italy.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Both my son and I use Julie Gerber from Away We Go Media. We share an assistant and budding publicist, Brittney Bass. We use Facebook mostly to get word of our books out there. We have an astonishing network of bloggers who’s generosity in both reading and promoting has helped get work of our books out there.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write all the time. Don’t be afraid. Ask for honest reviews and then use them to make your writing better. Don’t be discouraged by rejection or criticism. It’s the best way to challenge yourself to get better and hone your craft.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t think you are going to just sell a book once it gets published. You have to promote yourself and use all the help on the internet that you can get. Julie Gerber taught me that.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown. The following is my review Extraordinary story about the early Puritan settlers that colonized the Northeast coast. This insightful book is the tale of Mary, a minister’s wife who’s courage and reason is tested when she and her children are captured by marauding Native Americans. This is not a one dimensional book. Mary is a sensitive, but moral woman. She helps a congregant that others shun, defying her husband behind his back. She is torn, struggling with the double standard and the lack of Christian charity. Her entire world is thrown upside down, when she is abducted and forced into tribal life. Her harrowing experiences are both heart-wrenching, the graphic descriptions of the attack, one of the most frightening things I’ve ever read. The author’s detail is stunningly vivid. Mary must examine her own prejudices, questioning the values that she accepted against her own common sense. Based on truth, this is a wonderful book about the early settlers who set the platform of this country and had the strength to weather the obstacles and endure the hardships making them strong.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am thinking that Captain No Beard may want to experience a little time travel.
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?
Sho-gun, Gulliver’s Travels, Swiss Family Robinson, the World Book Encyclopedia and the Bible.