After working in a finance position in the hi-tech industry for over twenty years, I decided to follow a life-long passion for writing. I finished and published my first two novels (“Chasing Redemption” and “Dover Park”) in 2012. I recently released my third novel (“The Juncture”) in February 2013. I’ve also dabbled in producing and directing film shorts over the years.
I currently reside in New England with my wife and two sons.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always had stories swirling around my head, and over the years I’ve attempted to write them. Perhaps it was my long-time profession in finance and accounting (which having an imagination is not necessarily a good thing) that prodded my suppressed creativity. But lack of time always played against me until the dreaded day came when I was laid-off. I then had the time to actually finish and publish my stories (three novels so far).
My other inspiration is my interest in film and film-making. I’ve dabbled in directing/producing film shorts, and dream of the day I’m given $100 million and a cast of A-list actors to make the next summer block-buster. Until that day, I can always write them.
Tell us about your writing process.
It usually starts with a daydream, followed by a little more daydreaming. Then the laptop comes out and I start to map out characters, plots, and do research. Then I write, with a goal to finish and circle back to make changes.
I use a template for mapping/defining each character. I often go back to update or change things as I write more about the characters in the story. I picture the locations in my head, and block out scenes, just like I would when story-boarding a film production.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t get into talking to or listening to characters (other than reading the dialog out loud after writing it). I do try to cast my characters with people I know or actors I would use if I were making a movie.
What advice would you give other writers?
That’s a hard one. The obvious advice is to write. However, I think that most of us authors are pretty good at getting started. Finishing is the real challenge. So write with the goal to finish. You might not like everything you write along the way, but you’ll have plenty of opportunity to go back and change things later. To me, it’s much easier to get to the finish, then go back to make changes. There’s something extra-motivating about working/reworking a story that I finished.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went the self-publishing route from the start. All my research seemed to conclude that it’s probably easier to win the lottery than to land a traditional publishing contract these days.
Also, an author agent once told me that the publishing industry is one of the most frustratingly slow business models there is of any industry. I’d rather get my work out there rather than waiting months (and often years) slugging it out in the old process. If a traditional publisher likes what I’ve done, then there’s something promising to talk about.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Not too sure about this one. We’re already seeing a lot of consolidation in the publishing industry, mainly because of the avalanche of material coming from self-published authors. It’s never been easier, cheaper, and quicker to self-publish. However, that’s also the downside – it’s TOO easy. Unfortunately, there are still way too many indie authors that are publishing poorly edited material. This is leaving a bad taste in the mouth of readers that are warming up to indie authors.
Unless there is some publishing standard put into place, and adopted by those outlets that sell indie books, I fear a lot of readers will get burned and be unwilling to take further chances on an indie book.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Mystery, Drama
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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