- Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 46 years old, have three teenagers and will be married for twenty years this February. My wife is the one who encouraged me to start reading for enjoyment; she has exposed me to all kinds of genres. I never knew there was so much out there. Just wish I had more time to explore them all.
- What do you write (genre, length)?
Well, write is a very, very generous term for what I am doing. I have recently this past year really tried to discipline myself to write this story that has been dying to get out. I have roughly three chapters, non edited, and many more bits of notes and scribbles-worth strewn about. I am putting together a crime fiction novel.
- What is/are your current project/s? Please give us some details.
A crime fiction novel is my current and only project, the title yet to be determined (The Edge or The Darkness). This is the story of Michael, a happily married father of two. We get to meet Michael in the first chapter. He is sitting at his kitchen table in his three-bedroom colonial in upstate New York. Michael is patiently awaiting for the police to come and arrest him, on charges of the murders of multiple women in the area for the past ten years.
- Who (author or otherwise) or what book inspired you to write?
I really enjoy reading true crime books, and the fascination with serial killers and the double lives they lead, but Gillian Flynn the way she writes is who I aspire to someday, to be able to put words down on a page the way she does gets the reader to actually feel like you’re in the heads of her characters.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I get my inspiration from the podcast Horrible Writers with host Paul Sating. Just take the time to listen to one of his episodes and other authors on his website. Try and be proactive, do a little writing each day, and before you realize it, you’re in the middle of something great.
- What do you do for a living?
I am a Licensed Journeyman Electrician
- Who is/are your favorite author(s)?
Gillian Flynn, Caroline Kepnes, Peter Swanson, James Renner, Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, and Catherine Ryan Hyde, just to name a few.
- What is/are your favorite book(s)?
You, Gone Girl, and Sharp Objects.
- What’s the best compliment someone can give you as an author?
That something I wrote, such as a phrase, a chapter, a way of thinking, or a new outlook on something they never saw before stuck with them.
- What is the strangest/most interesting/coolest/weirdest/scariest thing you’ve had to research for a book or short story?
I am afraid to even look it up, so I only imagine how a dead body would appear out in nature.
- What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Finding the time between running, writing, and family life.
- What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
True crime. To hear from the words of the people who have been through these horrible things and the rest of the world just goes about its business. I don’t think it’s right. Every person who ever lived good or bad has a story to tell, and I want to hear them all.
- What are some little known facts about you? Hobbies, talents, anything?
I am a huge football fanatic, love the Dallas Cowboys, and I enjoy bird watching, being out in nature with my family, hiking, camping, or kayaking—nothing like it.
- Do you like physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks better? Why?
Physical books. I like to be able to see how much is left in the book and to be able to flip back and forth at random. Better than staring at a screen.