Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up in sunny Saint Pete Florida on a steady diet of action movies and comic books. After 9/11 I left a career in photography to join the United States Army. Since then I’ve travelled the globe and written 3 books in the Jake Noble series along with four detective noir interactive novels for Delight Games.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest Jake Noble thriller is Noble Intent. It was inspired in large part by the controversy surrounding Julian Assange and the intelligence leaks inside the CIA.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Doesn’t every writer? I talk to myself, make sound effects, and quaff coffee by the gallon. I also listen to prohibition era jazz to fuel my imagination.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I take influence from everybody; Tom Clancy to Mickey Spillane. I’m not a picky reader. I’ll read almost anything. I really like the hard-boiled detective noir stuff from guys like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the next Jake Noble story, Noble Sanction.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The best method for promoting you books is to write a really great story that people suggest to friends and family. I get more readers from referral than almost anyplace else. But sites like Awesome Gang are also great!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write everyday, even when you don’t feel like it, especially when you don’t feel like it. That’s what separates winners from losers. Oh, and read a lot, in many different genres. I’m type A personality male and I read Twilight. Anything that makes that much money has something to offer, it’s speaking to readers. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but I bogged through it and learned something from it. Mostly what not to do, but that’s a whole other topic.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t eat yellow snow. For writers, the best advice is, start at the beginning and don’t stop until you get to the end.
What are you reading now?
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.
What’s next for you as a writer?
A book about a hard nosed cop paired with an autistic detective. I haven’t got a name for it, but I’ve always wanted to write buddy cop story and this one has been simmering inside my brain for a while.
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?
Lord of the Rings, some Lee Child paperbacks, and a survival guide!