Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve always loved writing, and I’d completed three novels but had never felt compelled to share any of them. This last year, I started on “Veneration of the Hunter”, and upon its completion, I knew it was time to share my work – to finally take the step.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Veneration of the Hunter” is my first published novel. It was inspired by the brutality of nature and by Colorado. I was driving between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs, and while I was admiring the scenery, I began to characterize Mother Nature – I did not picture her as a loving deity.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I mimic my characters and it does not matter if I am in the privacy of my home or in public. I will act out scenes, make faces in the mirror, imitate specific sensations or actions – it doesn’t stop, and I am sure I’ve worried my family and my neighbors.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My greatest influences are Andrzej Sapkowski, Neil Gaiman, Harper Lee, and Edgar Allan Poe.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the second novel in the Veneration trilogy – I can’t wait to share it!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am using a multitude of websites to promote, but I feel the best method of promotion is through word of mouth – gotta get the book in the hands of loyal readers who will openly share their experience with others!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Finish the book. Don’t rely too heavily on how – just do you. Expel that word vomit on the first draft and then paint with it until you have a masterpiece. You can do it!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t worry about word count and don’t force it. The story will know where it needs to end.
What are you reading now?
I just finished “Whispers in the Depths” by C.W Briar – loved it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Writing. A lot of writing. It will never end, and I am just fine with that.
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?
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, The complete works of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski, and a sketchbook.