Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My debut novel, The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride, has been named winner or finalist for 8 awards, is a #1 bestseller (Amazon-Kindle) in four countries, and is currently being translated into Korean. My follow-up, The Town with No Roads, was released recently and I’m very excited about my work-in-progress, with a working title of Charlie Fightmaster and the Search for Perfect Harmony.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The inspiration for The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride was the death of my father. Writing that book was a form of therapy, to help me deal with the emotional turmoil I felt from losing someone I loved. I wrote The Town with No Roads for my two daughters.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like writing in coffee shops (not unusual) but I can only do so if I have a corner seat, where I can be sure no one is looking over my shoulder, reading my work, and laughing at how terrible those first several drafts are.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Ben Sherwood, Charles Martin, and Mitch Albom.
What are you working on now?
Charlie Fightmaster and the Search for Perfect Harmony is about a professional baseball player who is cut from his team and ends up in his hometown playing amateur ball and hoping for a big break. He meets Bud Crawford–a local baseball legend–who begins teaching him the three secrets to finding perfect harmony at the plate. But when Charlie’s life starts to fall apart, he must learn to use the secrets to perfect harmony not only on the baseball field, but in the rest of his life as well.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you love to write. Don’t chase the market.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be grateful for what you have.
What are you reading now?
I tend to be in the middle of a few books at once. Right now, a Nicolas Sparks novel, the autobiography of Jim Abbott, and a Dean Koonz novel.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Polishing my work-in-progress. Then polishing some more.
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?
Shakespeare’s Complete Works, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood, and Where The River Ends, by Charles Martin.
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