Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I was born in Jacksonville, Florida and have had at least a million jobs. Well maybe less than a million. I’ve shoveled chicken manure, owned a restaurant, been a hypnotherapist, owned a costume jewelry chain, written family musicals, sold cigars, loved my wife for forty years, with her raised three children, bartender… I really could go on, but even though I love writing, this gets tiresome. In 2007, a friend turned me on to NANOWRIMO, the national novel writing month. It gave me an opportunity to begin writing down a story that refused to leave. And The Sun Gods Heir trilogy (after a sometimes painful learning curve, and lots of time) is the result. We all have stories to tell. I was fortunate enough to have people around me that said, “Sure, go ahead and do that.” I hope you take a look and then enjoy the books.
Tell us about your books.
Alexandre Dumas meets Horatio Hornblower and Ancient Egypt in this swashbuckling epic. (Kirkus Reviews)
For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century France two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, forces his way into incarnation, determined to continue a reign of terror begun long ago.
One remembers, one does not.
How did you go about getting published?
After getting tired of receiving rejections from agents, someone suggested that there were small legitimate publishers that I might be able to submit to directly. I did so and received two offers. After that, things got interesting. The road is rarely straight. It often needs to curve around goats in the road. My publisher went out of business six months after my book was released. At the point of purchase, that was not a great email. But things are rarely as they seem in the moment they happen. I am grateful to this publisher. They acted honorably and gave me back all the rights to my book, and they also gave me an education in book publishing, and the opportunity to re-edit my first book. My current editor, has kicked my butt all around the room with the result a much tighter story. A year ago I re-released The Sun God’s Heir: Return (Book One) with a new publisher, Piscataqua Press. Book Two, Rebirth was released in May of 2017 with the final book, Redemption released in October of 2017.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I show up.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I love spending time with my wife who is just now calling me from downstairs. So this will be a bit shorter.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Feel your excitement. Let the book cover rest a few days and then check to make sure you’re still as excited about it. Listen to others, but with only one ear.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Persistence. Step onto the yellow brick road and continue. You’ll run into lots of stuff you can use.
What’s your favorite book?
Ursula LeGuinn’s The Earthsea Trilogy
What are you reading now?
Michael Manning’s books. Any. You won’t be disappointed.
What’s your next book project?