Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up in a small town in Mississippi, Greenwood, and moved to Florida in 2001. I have had many jobs, but my most rewarding is the one I gave now. I am a juvenile correctional officer in a level 10 maximum security facility. I appreciate the opportunity I have to change the paths of youth who have definitely lost their way.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Longshot: A Life Less Ordinary. I gave always loved science fiction and have written thousands of private stories and fragments, but this is the first that I took to fruition. Several characters are based on people, of dogs, I’ve known in my life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
The biggest is that I always, always write the first draft of anything with pen and paper, then, when I type I revise and edit for the first time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Robert Heinlein was the biggest, then David Drake, Eric Flint, David Weber (Love Honor Harrington!), And, more recently, Jim Butcher. The Dresden Files is probably my favorite book series to date. And I have to mention Mark Tufo. I know him personally, and he has done a great deal to get me to this point. He’s a great writer, and I really enjoy sci Fi horror
What are you working on now?
Well, the second book in the Longshot series, a new short story collection that tells an overarching story of the survival of humanity in the far future, and I have been writing a series of fragments that MN at or may not become books
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Facebook! I also use Twitter to a limited extent
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep trying, keep writing, and remember that a firm editor is your best friend.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Shut up and write it down.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman. Great read. About to reread Battleground by Jim Butcher.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to keep working on my prose and I am going to start actively plotting book three of my series.
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?
Starship Troopers by Heinlein, the Return of the King by Tolkien, Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo, and, finally, Survive on a Desert Island by Claire Llewellyn
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