Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I retired three years ago and have been taking time to write books. Since I retired I’ve written two books making a total of three.
I wrote my first book while I was working for the government. I had so many hours that I was required to be at my desk with nothing to do I wrote my life history and a book about my findings on evolution.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Schmidt Ranch Escapade. It was inspired my my second book that I edited and co-authored with my grandfather. The adventures that he wrote about jogged my memory of stories he and my uncles told about mixed with some of my own. These I consolidated into a story that takes place in the wilds of our country.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not sure if they are unusual, I write what comes to mind for the first draft. Then I go back and edit them to make some sort of story. Then I edit the story several more times to make the different parts agree and perfect the grammar.
It is a good thing I go back and edit because I have so many stories and adventures swirling around in my head I mix and miss stories in my original script.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Many authors and books, Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, multiple books by Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey. Kidnapped and others by Robert Louis Stevenson, Great Expectations and others by Charles Dickens
What are you working on now?
I am working on a horror mystery that takes place in a 24/7 donut shop that is located in the center of a big city. You never know what can happen at midnight in the big city.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Still working that out
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My feeling is that rather or not your work sells, knowing you wrote a book has its own reward. Just do it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do what you love doing and don’t concern yourself with the critics.
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
The mystery series I am working on will employ me for some time.
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?
Scriptures, Don Quixote, Plutarch’s Lives