Besides “The Last Moriarty,” I also wrote the book and lyrics for “The Pirates of Finance,” a musical comedy spoof of Wall Street that’s been performed in six cities and received an honorable mention for excellence in lyrics at last year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival. Some of my other books can be found on my Amazon Author Page.
By day I work as a real estate executive for United Technologies Corporation in the Hartford, CT area. Part of my job is to bring sustainable design into the company’s development projects, in keeping with UTC’s position as a sustainability leader. My wonderful wife is my best critic.
What inspires you to write?
For me, it’s really all about the characters. When they become real, they’re like your children, and you automatically think about their troubles and what the worst is that could happen, and what you can do to help them. Of course, when it’s your characters and not your real children, you can’t be the problem-solver. You’re the problem-finder.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a bit of both. I try to keep to an outline of short, basic story points, but these have a way of growing too quickly and leading down the wrong rabbit-holes. So I have to keep coming back to the outline. Still, most of the good ideas I get come from wrestling with the scenes that won’t stop growing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I’m writing, I listen to the characters and try to set down what they say. This only works well when they’re in the right situation, reacting to a conflict that’s germane to the story. Otherwise they do tend to run on and on, just like real people.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep at it. Recognize that the best part is the writing itself, the things you discover one day that didn’t exist the day before, and that you can maybe delight someone else with even when you’re not there in person.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In the days before Amazon, I published with the legacy houses. Now I don’t want to endure the screening process. I want to get the ideas out to the readers and learn their reactions. I also like the ability to make changes, and to make the book affordable (or free)!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the trends favor ebooks, and that more and more authors will opt for self-publishing. But I don’t see the legacy publishers ever disappearing altogether. I think they will eventually reinvent themselves to make their services more attractive to authors.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
mystery, thriller, non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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