Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been in the US Army for 11 years as military police. I am also currently employed as a deputy sheriff, so I have a lot of experience with other cultures and every spectrum of human personalities. I’m completed 7 books – working on an 8th. All are fantasy, and 5 of those books are part of a series. All of this is a culmination of 16 years of writing… since I was 15!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The War Queen. I went for a walk above ISU campus (in Pocatello, Idaho,) where they have pillars on a hill top. The pillars are broken, and I started imagining what might of broke them, so my over-imaginative mind created a story that a god fell on them and broke them, and that became the prompt for The War Queen.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’ll write anywhere. In a car (not driving), at home, at work, during a court trial… and I’ve taken pictures of strangers because they look like my characters. The strangers never know.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Warriors in the Mist – by Susan D. Kalior
Dragonlance – by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Classic novels, like Phantom of the Opera, Sea Wolf, and Animal Farm
What are you working on now?
The sequel to a historical fantasy romance based on Victorian Era England I’ve written. That book is called The Last Wizard. The sequel is called The First Sorcerous.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It took me 16 years and 47 rejections before my first publishing contract. I made a commitment that I would never give up. Now I’m published. Use each discouraging moment as a stepping stone to take you higher and higher.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Tried once? Failed once? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
What are you reading now?
Wizard’s First Rule – by Terry Goodkind
What’s next for you as a writer?
Get my ebook into print. After that? Have it made into a movie (hopes and dreams!)
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?
The bible, shakespear, my military survival novel, and instructions on how to build a boat.