Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: Stephen King, by far is my favorite. I am a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and Bernard Cornwell. Other favorites include Brad Meltzer, Dan Simmons, C.C. Humphreys, Dan Brown, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Michael Crichton, and Raymond Khoury.
Q: What inspired you to become an author?
A: I started writing poetry in college. As time went on, I became more interested in writing a novel but for years never seem to be able to put anything together. In 2009, I had an idea for a novel and my first novel actually “wrote itself.” It's really strange for me to think back on that as now I have so many stories running through my mind, I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get them all down.
Q: Where do you get inspiration for your novels?
A: I am interested in subjects such as time travel, religion, unexplained phenomenon, and history. I like to take parts of my life and interject them into my stories, such as my likes and dislikes. When writing characters, I try to put myself in their place. I have them say what I would say in that situation and have them feel what I would feel. The older I get, the more I seem to enjoy writing more graphic descriptions of emotions and violence.
Q: How are you different from other authors?
A: I take a similar approach to my novels as the shows LOST or THE WALKING DEAD. I don’t have a problem killing off characters at unexpected times. I don’t really like “cookie cutter” books where everything works out in the end. To me, it’s very important for characters to grow as people as their story progresses. I use very little profanity in my books – many years ago I discovered that movies are just as good edited for family TV as they are in their original format, most times better. I'm not a big fan of shock value just for the sake of it but if a shocking moment in the book keeps you reading, I'm all for it.
Q: What advice can you give to someone interested in writing books?
A: Take a deep breath and be patient. Also, write books that you would enjoy reading. If nothing ever comes from your work, at least you’ve created something that you can enjoy later on. If you would enjoy seeing your book as a movie, you're probably on the right track.
Q: What is your favorite:
Book - THE STAND by Stephen King
Literary character - Roland Deschain the Gunslinger
TV Show - LOST, THE WALKING DEAD
Movie - GRAN TORINO
Movie based on book - THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Song - AFRAID TO SHOOT STRANGERS by Iron Maiden
Sports Team (Pro) - Anything Detroit
Sports Team (College) - University of Michigan
Place visited - Edinburgh, Scotland