- A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
I can’t speak for every author, but I personally enjoy people and I thrive in social settings. I love interacting with people from as many different and diverse areas as I can. It is true that I have always loved my solitude, though. I find that when I strike a perfect balance between my social life and provide the time I need to be alone every day is where I’m happiest. I could go and have a beer with the rest of them, or I could stay home sip a glass of single malt and write all night with my headphones in, both sound great to me.
- What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
I think personal development is so special because, no matter who you are, how old you are, where you’re from, or what you do, personal growth is never ending and the most important part of achieving or attracting anything of worth into your life. Whether it’s in business, romance, school, etc., you’ve got to work on and love yourself before really gaining speed in the direction of your destination, which in the end of the day is a happy and successful life, right? Where better to start than with yourself?
- Is there a particular kind of attire you like to write in?
Yes and no. If I’m home and it’s chilly, I’ll probably throw on my robe and that’s that. If you can’t understand that, I challenge you to put on a robe and kick back. If it doesn’t feel absolutely fantastic, then you must have a different definition of comfort than the dictionary does. If it’s warm, I’m shirtless. I hardly ever wear a shirt in the heat. If I’m out in public, you can find me in an ordinary tee and jeans or shorts. Nothing special, whatever feels comfortable.
- What would you say is your biggest failure in life?
I personally don’t believe I’ve ever “failed” at anything. If I’ve ever come up short in an endeavor it’s been considered a learning experience. I either win or learn, I never fail. Except for Math tests, I’m terrible at math.
- Are you working on something new at the moment?
Yes! I am. I’m always working on something. I’m constantly fleshing out new ideas and getting things on paper to explore creatively. As we speak, I’m in the middle of writing two books and a screenplay. Pretty excited to see them to completion, and for you all to read them so stay tuned.
- If you die today, how would want the world to remember you?
I want to be remembered as someone who brought value to those around him, as someone who lived his life passionately and happily as he could on his own terms. I want people to smile when they think of me. Whatever I do or wherever I go, every day I make it a point to try and make someone else smile.
- Do you read and reply to the reviews and comments of your readers?
Yes. Every single one of them, whether I get to it at that second or a week later. I always make it point to answer and connect with the person who reached out to me.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Write. Simply, write. Start writing everything and anything that comes to mind. If it pops in your head, it wants to be on paper or your computer screen. Get that thought out in front of you and work out what it wants to be. If it’s something that’s great! If it’s nothing, that’s great too! The important thing is to just start writing. A word will turn into a sentence, a sentence, a paragraph, then a page, chapter, and finally your book.
- What did you want to become when you were a kid?
James Bond or a Writer. For as long as I could remember I wanted to be a secret agent or a writer. Even if I had to follow another career path for as long as I had to in order to do what I wanted to do, I knew I’d one day circle back around to one of my childhood dreams. Since day one, I’ve always been motivated by a dream, whatever it was. Money, stability, homes, cars- everything kids normally dream about came second to doing what I thought would make me happy.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Yeah, I do. I’m always in the middle of something new. Over the years, I must’ve read a few thousand books. To name a few, I really love Charles Bukowski, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, John Fante, Chuck Palahniuk, Napoleon Hill, Paulo Coelho, Hemmingway, Poe, Frost, to name a few, and I love discovering new authors.
- What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
The majority of writing gets done on my laptop. I really enjoy just pecking away at the keys while having some music in my ears. Although growing up, I always wrote in a notebook. I’ve filled dozens of notebooks over the years with short stories, poems, and ideas. I still like writing with a smooth pen and a notebook outside. There’s just something so nostalgic and relaxing about it for me.
- How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
Definitely a passion; I write because I have to not because I thought it’d be something fun to try one day. For as long as my memory serves me, or as uncool as it was as a kid, I’ve always had a secret need to write in my spare time. I never publically spoke of myself “writer” and very few people knew I even wrote anything at all until I put out my first book, ‘Just a Thought’ not too long ago.
- What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?
No, I haven’t, but I’m 100% open to the opportunity if it arises. I think it would be interesting to combine the writing styles, personalities, and thoughts of two or more people into a single project.
- What do you do in your free time?
I love spending time with friends, going to concerts, heading to the beach, seeing movies, exploring new places, and going to breweries…I love beer. I’m just really into doing whatever makes me feel alive and happy.
- How did it feel when your first book got published?
There’s a certain bounce in your step, a smile you can’t quite explain, pride, and a sense of optimism that would rival any motivational speaker. In a word or two though, pretty damn good.
- Do you think you still have a story to tell to the readers?
There’s always a story to tell. As long as I’m alive and moving forward there’s always going to be a story to tell, just a new chapter.
- Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?
Yes. No matter where, if inspiration strikes, I write it down. My go-to move is just writing it in my text drafts or emailing it to myself right then and there. I’ve jotted down words, sentences, or ideas while at the beach, in a pool, at the bar, as my eyes are closing to go to sleep, jumped out of the shower to grab my phone, etc.
- You don’t have to be a writer in order to be an author – how true is that?
And you also don’t have to be an “author” to be a writer. I think both statements are true. I believe only you deserve to define yourself, not an accomplishment or a title.
- Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
Both. I feel comfortable doing either, but I do love to write at nighttime while the rest of the world sleeps. That’s how I prefer it.
- Do you have a daily habit of writing?
Yes. It doesn’t matter if it’s one word or one chapter, I always find myself writing something by the time I shut my eyes at night.
- Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?
Yeah, there’s undoubtedly some truth to that. Like I’ve mentioned before, everyone’s different, but you do have to have to feel comfortable being alone for long periods of time in order to write. I’ve always been extremely comfortable with being alone, and sometimes prefer it depending on the day or occasion.
- What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
I think it’s extremely important. Your title should be interesting, clever, hint at what’s inside, and be intriguing enough to pick up and flip it open to know more. Getting your book into a reader’s hand, any way you can is important. A beautifully designed cover that catches the eye of an Amazon browser or a bookstore wanderer is what might separate that person from walking by or picking it up.