Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a writer and educator from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. I’ve written fifteen books over the course of my career, but most of them are out of print now.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is “The Single Twin.” It’s the flagship novel of what I hope will be a long-running series with two atypical private-eyes at the helm. The book was inspired by the fact that all too often, the guys who get the glory are rarely the guys who do the hard work. I wanted to create a duo of likable losers who have the mystery-solving intellect, but never get the credit they deserve. I consider this book to be Sherlock Holmes meets Laurel and Hardy.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to write mainly at my local Culver’s restaurant. I have a booth that I really like, and I do the vast majority of my drafting and editing in that booth.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Craig Johnson’s “Longmire” books have been a major influence. Also, Michael Connelly’s “Bosch” books are very good.
What are you working on now?
A sequel to “The Single Twin” and the fourth book in my YA series about a guy who survives a viral pandemic.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use Twitter a lot, but really–I don’t promote my books well. It’s very time consuming, and I’d rather put that time toward writing. I just put my books out into the world and hope for the best.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Grind. Books do not write themselves. Sit down. Put your hands on the keyboard (or pen and notebook). And grind. GET IT WRITTEN. Your ideas are worthless until they’re on paper.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Guillermo del Toro said that if you get “writer’s block,” then perhaps you’re not ready to be a writer. Writer’s Block is just an excuse you use to not spend time grinding.
What are you reading now?
At this moment, I’m reading Max Brooks’s new book about Bigfoot, “Devolution.”
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to keep doing what I do and keep hoping for the best.
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?
“Lamb” by Christopher Moore.
“On Writing” by Stephen King.
And one of those big, intimidating monster novels from Neal Stephenson. Maybe if I was trapped on an island, I’d have the patience and time to dedicate to wading through them.