1) Describe your relationship with a good book.
Fast and furious. I can’t let it go but also want to keep it on my shelf forever. Does that sound creepy?
2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?
I started writing in September 2007. I had graduated with a BA in Social Studies and failed to land a full time teaching job so I took a job as a one-on-one paraprofessional for a student with a genetic disorder. My wife was teaching full-time, so when she would spend her evenings planning and grading, I worked on the first draft of The Hunter Awakens. I finished the draft in March 2008. It was an incredibly proud moment even though the first draft was dreadful.
3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.
As a full time teacher, coach, and father of two little boys, I struggle to write every single day. Instead I set weekly goals and binge write (or edit) when I have larger blocks of time. Some weeks I am extremely productive and others I fail miserably. I try to celebrate the good and move on from the bad quickly. I feel like immersion is the key especially when the writing is slow. I listen to podcasts related to writing while doing dishes at night (Writers on Writing is fantastic). I read articles from Writers Digest and browse twitter and facebook for quick reads that teach me something. I watch documentaries and true crime for plot and character ideas. To some degree I am always working.
4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?
Not always easily. Being a teacher, coach, father, husband, and friend of many, it can be difficult to keep my writing time sacred. Some nights are a complete fail and others are incredibly productive. Setting a writing timer for fifteen or thirty minutes can be gold for getting something done even when I want to go to bed.
5) Why did you write this book?
I fell in love with reading when I discovered Harry Potter and wanted to create an opportunity for other reluctant readers to fall in love with a book. That is now my goal as an author. Fast paced exciting reads for kids who don’t consider themselves readers.
6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?
The setting on an old family farm was the inspiration for the story. From the setting grew the characters and ultimately the plot.
7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?
As an author, my goal for the next five years is to finish The Morus Chronicles, and a new trilogy (YA epic fantasy), the first book of which I am currently editing. During that time I also plan to grow my brand as a go to author for reluctant readers. Outside of writing, I hope to move out into the country and continue to improve as an educator.
8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.
I also write under a pen name and have written a dozen erotica novellas. That is actually how we pay the bills.
- $25 Amazon gift card
- 5 Kindle copies of The Hunter Awakens