Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Though primarily a small-business owner, I wrote my first book in 1992. I self-published the book, but it was later bought by Peachpit Press. The book had a cult following and I was picked up by Que to write after-market computer books—of which I wrote or contributed to about a dozen. I worked for several years running my software company and then bought a magazine, which I published and edited, and often, for which I wrote. My next major book project was a compilation of that magazine’s best how-to articles, followed by a business book in 2009. Seed Money is my first fiction effort, which is turning out to be the first of a series of at least four. Glyphs is now available, and Willows will be out soon.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest published book is Glyphs, and it was inspired by a hiking trip I took through the Andes a few years ago. I became fascinated by the Peruvian people and their architecture, given that they have no written word. I wrote a story that gave a reason for that.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Perhaps—I do not write linearly. I write whatever chapter pops into my head and then when all of my chapters are complete, I write the text to bridge them. I prevents me from having writer’s block on any particular topic.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Hundreds! I am a voracious reader—sometimes as much as a book a day.
What are you working on now?
Willows. It’s the third book in the series, but I am also working on books four and five at the same time.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still testing the effectiveness of various marketing activities, but I am a data hound at heart. Not only am I testing, but I’m also working very hard on actual numbers to identify what works best. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I have another business book percolating–especially for aspiring authors.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get it written. Don’t get stymied by the details and trying to make it perfect. Write it, let it alone for a few weeks, then go back and read what you’ve done. Until it is in the marketplace, it is a work in progress and you can make changes to your heart’s content.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t buy a used washer or drier.
What are you reading now?
The Flight of the Creative Class by Richard Florida
The Great Reset by Richard Florida
What’s next for you as a writer?
Complete Willows and books four and five, and perhaps create a book to help other authors navigate the marketing backwaters.
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?
Mine. I’m pretty sure I could improve them, and as much as I am an author, I am an editor.