A down-and-out father and estranged daughter struggling to reconcile their relationship are forced to work together when their island is overrun with giant, mutant crabs, but when they discover that the crustacean’s enormous queen is laying eggs they must learn that family comes first before time runs out and they lose each other forever.
What they thought they knew about the water was wrong… so very, very, wrong.
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What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The series idea began as a joke. Ten years ago, I had an idea for a different book, but at the time, I had never thought about writing a book or a movie. So I spent the next ten years coming up with good ideas for books and films, but I never could write any of them. I was scared. I was a novice writer, and these were my “great ideas.” I didn’t want to ruin any of them with my novice writing. Finally, I just decided to write something so ridiculous that I didn’t care if I messed it up. Sharknado with crabs, if you will. And that trick worked! It got me past my block, and I got to the end of the first draft of a novel.
During that process, something magical happened. The book actually became interesting. It wasn’t a joke anymore and had become something of which I was really proud. So I kept working on it to make it the best book I could, and that’s how Shadow Claw, the first book in the Coastal Adventure Series, was born.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I like to cast my books like one would cast a movie. I started with famous actors in mind, and then use them to inform the characters' traits and mannerisms. For instance, my book Shadow Claw stars Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson as the main character, Brock Finlander.
Mach one. That’s the speed at which I lived the first half of my life. Now, I’m not moving an inch.
The warmth of the summer sun radiated through the van windshield and begged me to sleep. And I’d be alright with that. I didn’t sleep much last night, or at all lately.
But now, the howl of the wind outside whipped and sang me a lullaby. I could feel my eyelids reaching for each other, and I nestled into this comfortable feeling like an old worn easy chair.
Boom. Boom. Boom.
Adrenaline spiked in my blood at the shock of the pounding on my driver’s side window. I’d been robbed once before. In this very van. Through sleepy eyes and fogged windows, I turned to face my attacker. The police.
I felt my blood pressure start to recede again, but my heart was still pounding in my ears from the scare. I drew in a deep breath and held it for a second before exhaling again.
I worked the vintage hand-crank to lower the window of this rusty old van, careful not to break the makeshift repair that held the crank together. I was running out of duct tape.
The brim of the State Trooper’s hat was so low I could barely see the man’s eyes as he addressed me. The message on his hat was clear. Maryland State Police.
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