I was born in 1960 and raised in the Midwest. I have always been a reader, finding escape in the pages of a good book. I inhaled books during my days of extensive world travel. Before the Nook and Kindle, even before laptops became the norm, I would pack six or eight paperbacks for an extended trip.
I had never, ever considered writing until I contacted an author about a fabulous book of theirs. It was suggested that I should try my hand writing. Here I am! I can never thank this person enough for the joy I receive from writing.
I have been married 34 years. My wife and I have two beautiful daughters, Katie and Maddie.
Besides writing, I love to cook, travel and drive my Corvette. I have a dog, two cats and a rat named Arlo.
What inspires you to write?
People inspire me. I love sitting in a restaurant or in the park, watching people and writing. I look at how they dress, listen to how they talk and watch how they move. I also get inspiration from a walk through an antique store. I imagine the people who once owned the items.
Tell us about your writing process.
The key part of my writing process involve putting my seat in the chair. You have to start. I begin with a story line in my head, a beginning and an end, as well as a few stopping off places along the way. I jot these things down and elaborate on events along the way. It’s not scientific by any means, but it’s the way I do it. I edit each chapter and refine and then front to back when finished, prior to sending the completed book to my editor, Sharon.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. I hear their voices when they speak. It’s how I phrase what they say. Whether they have a dialect or use a lot of slang or speak the Queen’s English, what I hear in my head is what I write.
What advice would you give other writers?
Start. Write, write, write, edit, edit, edit. Help others when you can. Above all else, have fun.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Immediate gratification. I’m one of those who requires that. I have heard horror stories of submission after submission after submission to traditional publishers. Quite frankly, I would rather be writing books than submission letters.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Technology is pushing/has pushed, everything, not just books, to digital. That and immediate gratification; people want their content delivered immediately, is the death blow to brick and mortar book sellers. I would not be surprised to see some type of demand printing outlets in malls some day, to satisfy the need for print books
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Middle Grade Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print