I was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey.
My first book, “You Are Graduating Soon: What’s After High School?,” began as a short, motivational email. It was a quick inspirational message to my smart, young nephew who simply refused to do his homework and get good grades.
As the draft of my email to my nephew grew longer and longer, I decided to make a more permanent and longer-lasting book version of my educational and motivational writings.
My original goal was to make sure if my nephew did not end up in college, my nephew would some how stumble upon my book later in life and eventually get back on track.
As my writings were transformed into an easy to read book, I realized that my desire to help one young individual could actually help many other teens, young adults, and families facing similar educational challenges.
Before writing my first book, I founded www.EducateZap.com – the free and low cost online education web site.
I graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. In addition, I graduated from Keiser University with an Associate of Science degree in Information Technology.
I have worked for some of America’s best known companies: Hallmark, Merrill Lynch, AMC Theatres, AVIS, Bank of America, Kelly IT Services, American Express, and Prudential Florida WCI.
I recently produced, wrote, and directed the psychological horror film, “Royal Love Story From The Grave.”
What inspires you to write?
My characters inspire me to write. Once I have a few of my main characters described then it’s easier for me to begin writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner. I always use 3×5 notecards or text messages (sent to myself).
Yes, I definitely create character sketches before or during your writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, my characters become almost like real people. Many times my characters tell me what they want to say to my other characters.
So…yes, I listen to my characters. I don’t necessarily talk to my characters. The characters I’ve created actually have conversations back-and-forth.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice is: Try not to let ‘writer’s block’, procrastination, or roadblocks prevent you from finishing your book.
I’ve burned the following into my heart and soul: “Just start writing a few words…then write a few more words…keep doing this for 15 – 20 minutes…once this is repeated for an hour, you should be motivated to keep writing for a few hours.”
If you use an outline, you should not have problems with ‘writer’s block’, procrastination, or roadblocks.
Yes, it is possible to “write by the seat of your pants” without an outline.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I believe new authors should explore publishing with a publisher first.
How did I decide how to publish my books? This is a very, very good question.
I really do not have an answer for this question.
I self-published, but I never actually made a decision to self-publish and not publish with a publisher.
In the future, I will explore publishing with a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is very bright.
There may be changes in “how” we read and “what” format the book is delivered to readers.
We will always read and we will always be entertained by reading.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: mystery, murder, private investigator, suspense, thriller
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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