As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!
What is the first thing people should know about you?
I am just a guy. I have a full time job and continue to carve out time to write because it is what I love to do. I am always looking for inspiration and find it all around me. I enjoy telling stories and believe it is important to get things right. My stories are about “real” people so I choose to write about real places, activities, and actions.
Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I am known for writing suspense/thrillers but have also written several short stories for charity anthologies.
What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I actually wrote my first short story in 10th grade and my English teacher told me I should write as much as I could because I was good at it. It took me about 20 years before I did it again.
Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Can I say all of them?
What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean. It was one of the first novels I read as a young teenager and it always struck me. It is a suspense/thriller that takes place in WW2 and there all kinds of twists and turns, but never left you hanging.
Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
For me it wasn’t a book, but a scene. I had to write a funeral scene with full military components. It took me a few months including all of the research I had to do. It had to be right because I insist on that, but also because I don’t like to fake. Every time I wrote it, edited it, and re-read it I had tears. I had to get the emotions right also because the people involved included a special forces bodyguard/veteran, a young boy, and the family the fallen man was protecting.
Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Not really. I like having noise in the background. It can be a movie, TV show, or music.
Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
I write on my iPad or laptop so I can work anywhere.
Who or what inspires you as a writer?
I get inspiration from life. Seriously. Places I have been for vacation or even day to day. I get it from movies, music, or even other stories. In my first novel I was struggling with connecting the dots, and a song came on the radio as I drove home from work and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I literally walked in the door, grabbed my laptop and started writing.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I am usually a bit of an introvert, but once I get comfortable in a setting I can be a total extrovert. Unless it is something I feel passionate about – then good luck getting me to be quiet.
The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
In my opinion, the one thing that never changes is that people like to read. They like to read a good story that is engaging, well written, with good, believable characters.
What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Write what you want to read, what feels good to you. If you write to sell books it won’t work out. Your readers will appreciate that and want to read more.
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I have learned to love to travel and while I have some favorites – Paris, Scotland, Florence, Las Vegas – what I really love is to go someplace new. Meet new people, learn about new cultures, and try new foods (and drinks).
Your favourite place to read and/or write?
I usually write at home, but writing outside on the patio is really nice. But I also really enjoy writing at a coffee shop, the people and over hearing their stories can inspire me.
Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My wife. She will read something when I ask her to, but she loves reading the whole story. And while she may have some ideas or changes she also always cheers me on and gives me the space to write.
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