Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a new author! Prior to writing I worked as a video game designer for about 15 years before I got tired of the game development industry. I still love video games and game developers. To this day some of my best friends still work in that industry and are amazing people! I can’t give up the type of work though that lets me create something. It took a while, but I now have one book that I’ve written that I’m proud of.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called Buried Instincts – The Zombie Apocalypse. I was looking around for the zombie apocalypse story that I wanted to read, and I tried a few, but they just didn’t check enough boxes for me. So, I decided to try writing it!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
What are the usual writing habits? I had a period where I kicked myself out of my apartment and parked my butt at the local coffee shop where I had the perfect level of distraction. If I was writing a section where I was describing the appearance of the zombies and you happened to walk in, you might have ended up being in my story!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love military science fiction writers like David Weber (Honor Harrington series) and Jack Campbell (Lost Fleet). I’ll read anything by John Scalzi. Read tons of Stephen King during high school. Recently fell in love with Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. The old Chinese classics like The Outlaws of the Marsh, Journey to the West, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms also heavily influenced me. There’s really too many to name.
What are you working on now?
So when I was writing Buried Instincts I realized I could’ve just kept writing and writing and writing. I decided to pick a good stopping point for the story and send it to my friends and family to see what they thought. Good thing I did, because I found out some pretty big flaws. I swallowed my pride and rewrote large parts of the book and tweaked my protagonists personality. So to answer the question, I’m writing the next part of the story.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I guess that would be Amazon. My book was only very recently released (Feb 3, 2019) so I’m not sure if anything is working yet. Ask me again in a couple of months.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
This is what I heard, and I’ll pass it along. Just sit down and write. And if you can manage to do that, then when you’re doing it write for yourself.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Well, besides the just do it and do it for you bit, I would say that you should be open to honest feedback. You’re going to take it personally because you wrote it, but try not to take it personally.
What are you reading now?
I just finished To the Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi. I’ll be reading The Eleventh Son by Gu Long next.
What’s next for you as a writer?
There’s so many next things. I am writing the next book. I’ve been learning about how to set up websites so readers can connect with me. I’ve been learning about marketing and social media. I’m very much looking forward to when things settle down and I can continue my characters journey through a zombified world.
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?
Some kind of handbook telling me what plants to eat or not eat. Some kind of survival guide for dummies. A book about building boats. And finally a self help book about keeping yourself motivated.
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