Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a retired lawyer living in Washington, DC. I have seven books in print, one of which (THE DOG WHO PLAYED CENTERFIELD) I wrote with our 8-1/2 yer old grandson.
I write mysteries and thrillers, all with an historic bent. One mystery series involves my PI (Socrates Cheng) who is half Greek and half Chinese. My thriller series involves terrorism. I also have a new mystery series that takes place in 1930s Shanghai.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My most recent book is DEATH IN THE FLOWERY KINGDOM. It takes place in 1935 Shanghai, and is a historical mystery inspired by my interest in China, its history, customs, and philosophies. I currently am writing the second book in ths series — DEATH OF THE YELLOW SWAN. This takes place in 1937 Shanghai when the Japanese and the Communists are both closing in on the city before the start of World War II.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes. I write every day — even if I have nothing specific to say. Also, I research the book after the current one I am writing as I write he current one. This keeps it all frsh for me.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Authors: Lawrence Block, Michael Connolly, Richard Stark, Pat Conroy.
What are you working on now?
DEATH OF THE YELLOW SWAN.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write, write, write. Do not give up. Persistence pays.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Finish your first draft at all costs. No one ever reads an unwritten book.
What are you reading now?
Conrad’s HEART OF DARKNESS. Several Shakespeare’s histories.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finish my current book as I research the one after 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?
Shakespeare’s complete plays