Superheroes, aliens and mutants, Oh my!!! These are the things that have fascinated me since I was knee-high to a light-saber. Stan Lee is my idol. If I never meet him in this life, I plan to stalk him in the next. I long for the day that we can all live in a universe of tricorders and hot-looking green babes. It thrills me to be able to write stories that impel the real world to reflect that fantasy. My debut novel, Dues of Mortality, is set in Cleveland where I was born(1970)and raised. I’ve written a few short stories as well and my favorite is In Plane Sight, published in the July 2011 issue of Down in the Dirt Magazine. I am an INCURABLE romantic and love comedy. Therefore, you may find both these endearing elements in my work. I am also an actor and have worked in several local film projects here in Cleveland.
What inspires you to write?
Simply? A great idea. An idea for a story that just won’t go away until I write it. It comes out of the blue and hangs around until its done.
Tell us about your writing process.
It’s not complicated like some might think. I just sit and write and let whatever hits the screen live unless and until it fizzles out. Sometimes I have nothing at all or it’s all just a jumble and I can’t make sense of it. But sooner or later–usually after a good workout–something sparks and there it is. I write for hours, not moving from my chair if need be. It’s like my job and I regard it as such. I don’t outline. Everything plays in my head like a movie. If it’s good enough to use it sticks, if not I let it slide away. I use the last page of my document for note taking just a reminder of anything is just a scroll away.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. They take on lives of their own and I act it out with them. I fight with the men and have affairs with the women.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never be afraid to let go. Never fear what others will think of you personally through your writing. It can often hinder your imagination.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I found out about kindlizing and decided to go around traditional publishing. All the rejections are part of the process, but I wanted my novel spread and read. Self publishing digitally is off the ground floor and rising. Use it. Abuse it. Make it work for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
See the above answer. The changes are still coming and it’s interesting to see the twists and turns it will take.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Thriller, Speculative, Suspense
What formats are your books in?