Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a new author and this is my first work. Well, my first published work. There are at least three manuscripts lying around that never saw the light of day.
Oddly, I started my career in engineering, taken with NASA and space exploration. While, my career never went in that direction, I always liked writing best. It became my hobby (among other things like astrophotography, hiking and biking). So, here I am with a newly published novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The title of my latest book is “Echoes of Reality: The Hidden War”. The story has an interesting backstory. For a time, several of my friends decided to write 2-10 page stories. Weekly, each of us would come up with a theme and we would write a story in support of that them. One week, the idea of a magical blue rose was mentioned, and that idea took shape in my mind and was the genesis of the novel.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not certain what is usual or unusual for writing habits. I do like staring at the ceiling a lot when the imagination train starts.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tolkien, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. There are quite a few more but those are the ones that come to mind.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the second book that finishes what was started in “Echoes of Reality”. Currently, the title is “Shattered Stone” but like all things, that may change. It will wrap up some of the unanswered questions in the first novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m entirely new to book promotion. I’ll certainly have some advice after a few months!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Being a new author myself, I think there are three characteristics that served me well: perseverance, imagination and self-confidence.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If you are talking all the time, you aren’t listening.
What are you reading now?
Just finished up “City of Endless Nights” by Preston & Child. Fun novel that worked for some interesting reading while traveling.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Working to finish outlining my next novel. As usual, I have a huge number of ideas floating through my head and need to organize it.
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 think LOTR. I suppose that makes three books right there. I never get tired of reading them.