Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. And I began writing at the age of 12, starting out with songs, comic books, and short stories. My first work of literary nonfiction was released in September of 2018.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest effort is titled The Making of Dual Mania: Filmmaking Chicago Style. Co-written with B.J. Patterson and Cat Ellington, the book was inspired by the motion picture thriller, Dual Mania. The idea for the film was sparked by the Jeffrey Dahmer trial, which I had followed closely during its televised coverage in 1992.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’ll admit that I do. I tend to write every word by longhand in all caps.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Wow. Where do I start? Uh, Stephen King, James Baldwin, Carl Hiaasen, Harlan Ellison, Tom Wolfe, Elmore Leonard, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Charles Dickens, and many others.
What are you working on now?
I am writing the foreword for Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 3.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I really love and admire the book promotional tools offered by websites like Amazon, AUTHORSdb, Goodreads, BookLikes, LibraryThing, the Author Ad network, the Book Goodies network, etc.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, I do. I would advise new authors to trust their instincts as a writer, and stay focused on their goals.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
‘Never give up.’
What are you reading now?
Ah, very good. Star Island by Carl Hiaasen, and My Journey with Maya by Tavis Smiley with David Ritz.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finishing up an untitled screenplay.
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 Holy Bible, The Stand, A Tale of Two Cities, and Skin Tight.