Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Scott and I had written several short plays and a couple of Christmas pageants for Churches together. That’s where we got our start. Scott has a degree in Musical Theatre and I have a degree in Creative Writing and another in Writing for Stage in Screen. We enjoyed working together on those short plays and pageants and wondered if we could write a novel together. We’d both received awards and accolades for our individual efforts and we wondered if two strong personalities each with his own laurels could learn to put his ego aside for the good of the story. So we tried it. That first novel has few good parts and a lot of bad parts, but we proved not only could we write a novel together we enjoyed it. We also recognized and respected the strengths each of us brought to the table. For Scott, it’s the ability to see the big picture and for me it’s the details.
Tell us about your books.
Scott and I have written three novels together, though The Children of Cain: House of Dvanaesti is the first book we felt was strong enough to publish. The first book was a military espionage. The second was a thriller. After this vampire series, we have plans to write a post-apocalyptic novel, a science fiction novel and a political thriller.
How did you go about getting published?
To be honest, we tried for several years to get an agent or a publisher to look at this book. No one, however, was interested. But we believed in this book. We believed in the story. So we decided to go the independent publishing route. Given the reviews we’ve received on Amazon, we made the right choice to publish.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
When we started writing novels together, we each had full time jobs and families to raise so we could only write in the evenings once a week and if we were truly lucky, two evenings a week. Then David’s bride received an opportunity in her career they couldn’t refuse and they moved across country. So David and I now write one day a week (two if we’re lucky) via Skype.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
We both have to work full-time jobs right now. But when were not working or writing, I like to ride motorcycles and Scott plays rhythm guitar and is lead singer in a rock band.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Take the time to get it right. Make it cool. It needs to make a potential reader want to take it off the shelf or click on it.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
There’s an old adage which states that any publicity is good publicity. When you decide to independently publish or self-publish, you have to remember that social media is by far the cheapest and most effective method of promotion. You have to learn how to. as another old cliché states, “toot your own horn.” You must spend the time to look for great sites like this one to promote yourself and your work.
What’s your favorite book?
For me, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. For Scott, Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
What are you reading now?
Scott is currently re-reading “Called out of Darkness” by Anne Rice and I’m currently reading “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King.
What’s your next book project?
We’re currently working on Book 2 of The Children of Cain series. We have a lot of writing after that. The hardest thing for us is not the next idea but the time to write on the ideas we already have.