What inspires you to write?
Real world events that had a big impact on my life.
How did you celebrate the publishing of your first book?
I drank Remy Martin on the rocks. However, when my children’s book won a first prize award I threw a party in an Anchorage Alaska restaurant.
A misconception is that all writers are independently wealthy, how true is that?
False. There are thousands of writers, but there are very few bestselling or award winning authors. Most writers earn very low royalties from the sale of their books. We earn the highest percentage from selling eBooks. Most writers actually have to work a fulltime job to support themselves.
How important is research to you when writing a book?
Very important. For instance, I developed different types of science fiction weapons in Wicked Prayers. I conducted research to ensure that my concept to mix or transform certain chemical elements was theoretically possible.
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
It hit me like a ton of bricks one year after I recovered from a brain injury. One day I suddenly had the urge to write lyrics for songs. Songs are basically short stories. It was wild! I instantly had the words and melodies in my head for over 20 songs. After that whole novels played like movies in my head. Heck I have two novels, an audiobook musical, and a children’s book in my head right now. This post brain injury onset of new abilities is called acquired savant syndrome.
Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
Nope. Writing is a solitary occupation. While dedicated authors are in the writing zone, nearly all avenues of public socializing are eliminated. This helps to avoid an interruption of train of thought.
How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?
I’m fairly active. In Wicked Prayers I named nearly all of my fictional characters, streets, buildings, etc., after my FB friends. They are excited to read through the book to view the storyline for their namesake.
Do you often project your own habits onto your characters?
Absolutely! The base characteristics of Del Camron, Jack Richards, Diana Hunt, and Kendra are all infused with my habits and personality traits. I like to eat organic foods, read about different cultures and religions, and love watching a movie with a good sword fight. I put my aforementioned personal traits into Jack Richards and turned him a great long blade fighter.
It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?
Yes; and I also experienced heart ache due to the actions of family members. However, I used those painful experiences to infuse my characters with human qualities. You may have noticed my cathartic emotional release flowing vicariously through Del Camron in Wicked Prayers.
Have any of your past loves inspired characters in your books?
Absolutely! I relived a few conversations I had with my exes through Diana Hunt.
What are your views on modern erotica? Have they completely dehumanized the idea, or is it better?
Although WP does have some very colorful erotic scenes, I prefer to write and read erotica that is artfully depicted. Currently however, it seems like there is a race to the bottom to be as raunchy as possible in contemporary erotica. Again, I prefer the artful approach.
What are the non-fiction genres you enjoy reading?
I like reading books about Physics, Cultural Anthropology, and gourmet cookbooks.
What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book?
It’s an old one called Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The movie premiered in 1966. The movie explored what would happen if the government banned writing and reading books. The book’s translation to film was brilliant, but I’d love to see the movie remade.
If you were to watch your favorite book (which hasn’t been turned into a real life motion picture) turn into a movie, which would you choose?
I think Wicked Prayers could be turned into a great action horror movie. I wrote the book to read like a movie in print.
Fiction or non-fiction? Which is easier?
Non-fiction is easier to write because it’s based on tangible, researchable facts.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
Yes, I’m having an audiobook of Wicked Prayers recorded by an actor. I also started writing part two of the horror novel. I completed the manuscript for Volume 3 of The Adventures of PJ and Split Pea children’s series; so now I’m also contracting an illustrator.
Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier?
Very much so. Now I make sure to keep a pen and paper on me whenever I run errands.
How do you feel when people recognize you in public and appreciate your work?
That’s only happened to me twice. The people were very nice. I spoke with the fans for a few minutes and then we went our separate ways. I do try to keep my celebrity status low key.
Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?
I secretly read the Exorcist when I was 10 years old. It scared the bee-jeebers out of me!
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Clive Barker, Stephen King, and Graham Masterton.
Do you believe you have done enough to leave a legacy behind?
No I a few more projects up my sleeve.