Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in 1958. Currently, I work as a CEO of a Canadian company, specialized in business development. Last March, we all found ourselves in a state of global emergency due to Covid 19 . During this abundance of free time, I was able to review past family documents of mine and came across my grandfathers soldier certificate. Upon referencing the British Defense Ministry, I was able to locate the unit name that my grandfather served in, along with the name of his unit commander. When researching his commander, i found out that he had kept a diary during World War II, which outlined his thoughts and his unit’s movement patterns. This meant I was able to track where my grandfather was at specific times during the war. My grandfather never told me about his time as a member of the British army. When I discovered these findings decades later, I knew a story had to told.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Everyday, I dedicated four hours to write the book, totalling around 3000-4000 words a day. Before writing any book, I ensure to rigorously research the time period and era so I can depict the mannerisms and thought patterns that would align with the times. For my most recent book, the research job took me one month of investigating and going through any document I can lay my hands on. When writing, I become immersed in the experience, which makes the process run at fast pace. The Long Way Home From Crete took me a month to write. After five months of continuous editing, the book was ready to be released.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The author, Ben Macintyre, who wrote many books about the cold war, including the deception operations that were held during WW2, ignited my passion for historical fiction books. Joseph Finder, who wrote many thrillers, allowed to explore and incorporate action into the stories I choose to write. Both of these authors are successful in keeping the readers in suspense while they unravel a surprising twist near the end.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I work as a CEO for a canadian business development company..
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
As an author, I constantly seek ways to promote my book in order to reach as many people as possible. A sight I commonly use is BookBub and AMS ads. Here, I learn about the various ways and steps to take to promote my book and educate myself about future steps to take for my advancements.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The biggest advance I would share with someone aspiring to write a book is to believe in yourself and follow your heart and feelings, never hesitate to make a move.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
This piece of advice was once shared to e and I have continued to let it guide me over the years. I can live with failure as long as I give 100% of my efforts to succeed. By doing this, most of the time you will will not fail.
What are you reading now?
As I re-embark on my career journey, I have not had the opportunity to begin a new book yet however, am always looking for recommendations.-
What’s next for you as a writer?
Honestly , I have no clue ! The possibilities are endless.
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?
1. I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
2. Threat Vector by Tom Clancy
3. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan