Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a retired Aerospace Engineer with a love of science fiction and fantasy books. Stories of courage in the face of adversity always grab my attention. It’s especially interesting if the main character has to rely on their wits to get out of sticky situations. These are the books I like to read and write.
I have published three books, and I’m in the middle of writing my fourth.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest published book was the last in a series of three. The entire series was inspired by my daughter. When she was three and four years old, we used to have a long commute together. To keep her entertained, I made up stories for her. The story of the Enchanted Trees was one of her favorites and I eventually turned that into three books.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to dictate my stories to create the first draft. This habit isn’t unusual because many authors dictate their stories. But I particularly like it because I consider myself primarily a story teller.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My reading interests have changed quite a bit over the years. I used to read Asimov, Clark, Bradbury, etc. Then, I changed to Tolkien, CS Lewis, etc. Now, I read unknown modern YA authors who write in the Fantasy genre. In a few more years, I’ll probably be reading something completely different.
What are you working on now?
I started a series based characters with psionic talents. It’s set in the future on several different planets. The main character is bold and brave… well sort of.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use my website as well as Facebook advertising.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Have courage. It takes guts to write a story and expect others to read it and like it. However, there is someone out there waiting for your story. It’s important to finish it and make it the best that you can.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Forgive and let go. This advice probably transformed my life. Forgiveness is choosing not to hold on to old grievances. The result is feeling lighter or freer and living in the now.
What are you reading now?
Gnosis: A Psychic Urban Fantasy by Rick Hall. This book is in the genre as my current book. I’m really enjoying the journey in this book. The story has such an intriguing and unusual element. I can’t wait see what happens next.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My main goal is to complete my next series about psionic humans.
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?
I would bring my Kindle and hope for wifi. I just can’t choose.