I was born and raised in New Jersey, currently residing in Virginia with my wife, 4 kids and 2 cats. I have been in manufacturing my whole life until I was unfortunately laid off during a downsizing in late 2012. Once I crawled from the fetal position of despair I decided to start writing, because the voices in my head demanded it. I haven’t looked back since.
What inspires you to write?
Life inspires me to write. I am surrounded by it. Whether it is a trip to the beach or watching the news, I never fail to find inspiration to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
When the voices speak, I decide to listen. An idea may come to me as I am sleeping, or bowling or staring at paint dry. I can’t explain the insanity, I can only hope to mold it into a decent story. I usually start by writing a one line statement, like a one line synopsis. I decide then if I can make a story out of it. If it shows promise than I begin listing characters and background information. I follow that with a rough outline of the story arc. I sit back and look at the mess I made and decide if it would make an entertaining story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen. I have to for they have a lot to say.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you truly enjoy writing, stick with it. It can be a very long, tedious, frustrating process and you will most likely tear out all of your hair but in the end you will sit back, take a long breath and smile. The greatest feeling in the world is having an idea and bringing it to life. Also once you publish, you will most likely have negative reviews, trolls, haters and detractors. Everyone has them from Stephen King to JK Rowling. Take the negative and build on it, making yourself a better writer in the process. Sometimes we find more useful nuggets of information in the negative than in the positive.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my first book and I am working to traditionally publish my second book. I self-published the first book due to my own self-doubts, figuring it the easy way to go. Boy was I wrong. It takes a lot more work in self-promotion than it ever did actually writing the book. I’m not saying traditional publishing is the easier way, I just decided to test the waters and see if there was any interest with the second book. I would suggest that new writers explore both options and see what best fits their needs.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self Publishing has become much easier than it has been in the past. With that being said, self-promotion requires a lot of time and leg work. You will spend more time marketing to readers than it took to actually write the book. However, I think traditional publishing is here to stay. They still have a big footprint in the industry.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Action & Adventure
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print