Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have done a lot of writing over the years, but my first novel was recently published. My background extends from construction worker to corporate executive, and I have traveled around the country extensively, which gives me a unique perspective on American life.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is Beyond the Higher Ground, a novel about intrigue and suspense amid the opioid crisis in Appalachia. My initial inspiration came from my experience doing business in the area, but my decision to publish the book came when I personally witnessed the effects of the opioid epidemic.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write at varying times of the day, but my best writing seems to occur late at night.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
John Grisham and David Baldacci are my favorite contemporary storytellers.
I have also drawn from John Irving, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a novel about a miscarriage of justice evolving from a sophisticated illegal drug network in the Midwest.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
For fiction writers: Establish your premise and work on your characters. Well-developed characters will guide your storytelling.
For non-fiction writers: Always know your subject thoroughly and keep learning.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Better to act and risk failure because inaction is a failure in itself.
What are you reading now?
William Faulkner’s Light in August (again).
What’s next for you as a writer?
I intend to complete and publish my current novel, publish a collection of completed short stories and continue writing novels and short stories.
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 Complete Works of William Shakespeare;
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman;
Tales of O. Henry
The Complete Works of Edgar Alan Poe