Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born and raised in the grand hoosier state of Indiana. I released my first book this past May.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first book, The Steel Harvest, was inspired by my wish to write a story atypical to the dystopian genre. What if someone could tell a story centralized around relationships at the end of the world? It was questions like this that first started to form what would become The Steel Harvest.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to blare music at odd hours at the night.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Chris D’Lacy and Rick Rordan have been big literary influences for me. I’ve also pulled a lot of inspiration from the storytelling styles present in Light Novels, a type of book originating from Japan.
What are you working on now?
I currently engrossed in marketing The Steel Harvest, as well as beginning preliminary work on a sequel to The Steel Harvest.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve found social media is a great way to connect with readers, reviewers, and even other authors. Twitter in particular has proved especially helpful.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t let anyone tell you that breaking into the writing industry is impossible. It’s far from impossible; we live in a time where publishing a book is as simple as uploading it to the internet. With a little hard work and determination, anything is possible.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Robin Williams (my hero) said this once, and I stand by it wholeheartedly. What else do we have at the end of the day but our words and ideas?
What are you reading now?
SPARK: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan to continue writing, and to continue the story I began in The Steel Harvest, which is a planned series. You can expect volume two sometime next year!
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?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. Probably the first and last volume of Spice & Wolf by Isuna Hasekura, along with Life in the Greenwood by Lansing Marion Florence