Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written eight sci-fi short stories that I have now compiled into a collection and published on Amazon as Living Portals: A Sci-Fi Short Story Collection. I am a dean of online legal education at The University of Tulsa, but I’ve had a diverse career from stockbroker, to car salesman to corporate attorney. I do like to ride dirt bike motorcycles and boating. I’ve had two boats a small john boat and a nice fish and ski bass boat.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Living Portals is the name of my collection (Wolf’s Blood is one of the eight short stories in the collection). I was inspired to write by an old Arnold Schwarzenegger motivational video. Arnold encourages you to decide, “will you be a consumer the rest of your life or will you be a producer?”. That question sat on me for 2 years and I finally decided that I would get serious about writing (a dream I’ve had for years).
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write pretty quickly. When I’m able to get time to sit down and go to it, I can write 3,000 to 4,000 words in a 4 to 6 hour session. I don’t worry about editing when I’m creating, I just tear into it. I can edit and get editing support later, I just don’t want to stop the creative process once it starts rolling.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
John Carter of Mars (Burroughs)/ Speaker for the Dead (Card)
What are you working on now?
Helping about 85 students get through a Master’s degree program that was shut down at TU. They have a reasonable time to complete their degree and I’m trying to help them get it done.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Everything. I’m a shotgun approach person. I put effort towards anything and everything that moves and hope something will stick.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you want to write, just quit making excuses and go to it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Read the Bible
What are you reading now?
Jack London’s: To Build a Fire
What’s next for you as a writer?
The next great short story! My first book was a series of action/adventure short stories. I want to do something a little more complex and layered on the next project.
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, Any Giant Sci-fi collection (preferably one with some Asimov and some Arthur C. Clarke), A Hemingway collection
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