I was born and raised in Gardner, Massachusetts (the small central Massachusetts city upon which his fictional Old Wachusett city is based), and moved to the neighboring town of East Templeton fourteen years ago where I now live with my lovely wife and six of my seven wonderful children (ages 3 to 23 years old). My wife and I homeschool our children and enjoy most every minute of it! I’ve held various jobs, including librarian, automotive parts clerk, teacher, and newspaper delivery driver. I hope to make writing a full-time career.
What inspires you to write?
Reading great books. I read a story that captivates me, and I follow the characters and live with them for days, sometimes weeks, and I get inspired to write in a way that will captivate my own readers and cause them to live with the characters inside my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do not outline, so I supposed you could call me a seat-of-the-pants writer. I do not write character sketches. I discover the characters as I write, which is exciting for me because I’m constantly discovering something new about them, and if that excites me, then there’s a good chance it will excite my readers as well.
Often I will be doing something else–driving, taking a shower, playing outside with my children, and something will pop into my head concerning one of my characters. Something like, “Oh yeah, of course he has to die in the next chapter. Of course! It’s sad, and I’ll miss him, but it’s only natural for that to happen.” I love the way that happens.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them, at least, not that I’m aware of, but I do listen to them and watch their body language in the story. That’s where I get my clues as to what’s going on and how they’re developing as characters. They very often have incredibly interesting things to say.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read, read, and then read some more, and then write, write, and write some more. I know, I know, it’s what you hear all the time from writers, but it is so true. You can take writing classes, you can go to seminars, and those things have their place, but there is absolutely no substitute for reading everything you can, and writing daily. No substitute at all.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish an ebook because the freedom and flexibility appealed to me. Although, I would love to work with and agent and publisher in developing my career and eventually see my books in print.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a tough business to break into, but it’s full of promise for new authors with the arrival of self-publishing and digital books. The opportunities are out there, and I’m optimistic about the future of book publishing.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
dark fiction, horror, speculative fiction, contemporary fantasy
What formats are your books in?