Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
One book called Pretty City Murder now on Amazon. As as a patrol officer for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, I conducted hundreds of investigations, both criminal and non-criminal, and worked closely with cops, firefighters, and paramedics. My former supervisor works with cops who get into trouble. I have a BA in English, a JD, and a long writing background as a legal editor/writer and newspaper correspondent. I was a substitute teacher and owned a tutoring franchise at one time, and now I privately tutor middle and high school students in reading/writing. My blog tells much more.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Pretty City Murder. My experience as a patrol officer gave me material to write the book, which is a police procedural and takes the reader into the world of law enforcement. My uncle was a police sergeant, and the main character is based on him. He was one of those people I loved and wanted to memorialize.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I prefer to write at night when it’s quiet. I go outside to get fresh air, and that helps me write dialogue.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Noir books influenced my writing, and, in part, that is due to my genre. Graham Greene was another influence. He considered himself to be a writer who happened to be Catholic. My Catholic faith molded me into the person I am and is more important than anything else, because I will face Christ on the day of my death, and I want to be ready.
What are you working on now?
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m getting more involved in promoting the novel, but so far, I have found success on Face Book. Kindle-free days should boost sales.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
don’t give up – you haven’t something to say
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
waiting to see how Pretty City Murder fares – I would like to write about true crime and already have an unsolved murder of a well-known chef in San Francisco
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 Bible – I would need it if I couldn’t go to Mass; Nicholas and Alexandra (Peter Massie); The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)