- If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
The Earth Chronicles written by Zecharia Sitchin. He is the Albert Einstein of ancient writings and texts.
- What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
I have always had a great interest in the Bible and ancient history. What happened to the Lost Ark?
- How important is research to you when writing a book?
It depends what the subject is in general but I do find myself spending a lot of time doing research for even simple books. So it is important if you want to write a good story. However the research takes a lot of time away from writing.
- What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
Computer is by far the best for me.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
It was when my accountant recommended to me that I write a book. My first books were about business and then I changed to fiction about 8 years ago. The Tocabaga Chronicles a 10 books series were my first fiction stories. I have written over 20 fiction books since 2013
- What inspires you to write?
I love writing and telling a good story that people enjoy. I am thrilled when someone enjoys my books and lets me know it with a good review. I have so many ideas for books and not enough time to write them all.
- How often do you write?
I write everyday when possible. Usually I spend anywhere from one to four hours.
- Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I write in the morning since my brain is fresh and clear at that time. I wake up and start by 6 am most of the time.
- How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
Usually, I have an idea in my head and I have made some notes on the subject, for a new book. Most of the time, I have been thinking about the book for a few weeks. So starting is not a big problem.
- Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
No, I use time. I set my kitchen timer for one hour and write. Then take a break after an hour. I pay no attention to pages.
- Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?
Writing is a lonely job. No one can help you except in the research area. I am a loner so to speak.
- Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
Yes for the most part. Making friends is hard to do because writers tend to become consumed in their work. They don’t want to take the time to meet others.
- Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I do both … I set a plot or an ending ahead of time knowing where I want to go with the story. But sometimes the story takes on a life of its own and leads me somewhere else.
- What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
You are self employed so it take a lot of stick to it attitude. The worst part is promoting your books.
- What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
Believe it or not the actual writing is the easiest part and best part. Telling the story, that is flowing from your brain, to your fingers. Putting it in writing is the best part.
- Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?
Yes, and it can last anywhere from one day to over a few weeks. When that happens I get my best ideas right before going to sleep at night. I figure out how to continue the story line.
- Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
The only thing you can do is think and think more. My best ways to overcome writer’s block is just keep a clear head. Don’t worry about it.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
When I am not writing I am reading. It upsets my wife so I feel guilty about that. Mostly I read the Bible and History.
- Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
My spelling and storytelling along with formatting the story.
- Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?
I do both. I proof read my books at least 5 times and then give it to an editor. Upon return to me I edit it one more time before going to the publisher.