Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I started out as a sketch comedy writer for television. After that, I moved into non-fiction freelance writing, screenplays, short stories, and now novels. This is the fourth book I’ve written, but the first one published. I also have a collection of short stories available.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It called A Different Time.
The inspiration came from a year-long project my daughter had just completed. She took a picture a day with her camera and collected them into a large book. Flipping through the images I began to make connections between the locations and the people in the pictures. That was when the idea popped:
What if someone in the future found something like this and had a special connection with it?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Some days I need specific music to write (Mozart and Miles Davis usually). Other times I’ll switch on ambient sounds of ocean waves and rainfall. I try to write in the morning, my work later in the day is seldom any good.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Elmore Leonard, Stephen King, David Foster Wallace, Hunter S. Thompson, O. Henry, Shirley Jackson, and many others.
What are you working on now?
A series of children’s books about monsters.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ll let you know as soon as I find it.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Persevere. It’s critical to never give up and always believe in yourself.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“A writer writes. Always.” – Billy Crystal in Throw Mamma From the Train
What are you reading now?
Just finished “Nobody Move” by Philip Elliott. It publishes in September. Loved it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
A promotional tour for “A Different Time” and completing the first installment of my upcoming children’s series of books.
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 Stand by Stephen King
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
The Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury
Homicide by David Simon