Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
For most of my life I was a struggling actor. I am currently working out of my home, on commission, for a newsletter publishing company. I have been married twice. My first, which ended in divorce gave me my beautiful daughter Shannon. I lost my second wife of ten years to cancer in 2012. Now 63, I currently reside in Northern California with my Yorkie-Poo Toby.
I started writing short stories in high school. I have written many short stories and had two poems published. As an actor I wrote several audition monologues and a few TV treatments for some of the more popular shows of the day.
INSIDE OUT is my first and only book. It is based on a script that I wrote in the mid ’80s
It may sound corny but I write about what I know, and just expound on it. My book was originally a script that came out of a drama workshop I attended in Hollywood in the late ’70s. I had an opportunity to teach an acting workshop to the inmates of a Federal prison. I just thought what would happen to someone in that same situation that after six months ends up back inside as an inmate. He now has both friends and unforgiving enemies. After that it just wrote itself.
Tell us about your books.
As I already stated, INSIDE OUT is my first and only book.
Inside Out weaves together an engrossing story of a young actor who, after volunteering for a unique project to teach drama to inmates of the local medium-security prison,months later finds himself locked in a cell as a convict. Where he now has already made friends and unforgiving enemies. It introduces the reader to multitude of characters. Some are good, some are bad, and a few are just evil. It is a fictional account of what happens to an “Everyman” that gets caught up in a system deliberately designed to treat all felons the same.
The main character Danny Belson was easy because he is me at that age. He is an actor who’s career is much farther along than mine was, and his experiences a tad more thrilling, perhaps. Many of the characters are based on people I’ve known or have, in the case of the inmates, met. A former teacher, my brother, and quite a few people I’ve crossed paths with in the numerous bars over the years, have all been exploited on my pages
How did you go about getting published?
I found out very early that unless you are famous or infamous a major publisher wouldn’t even look at anyone’s manuscript. So I made the decision to go with a so called vanity publisher. I found that they aren’t all the same, and after looking into a half dozen or so, I settled on Page Publishing. For me, at 63, I feel that it has been more than worth it. They are very professional and will work with you all the way. Also, unlike others that charge about the same fee, they take a lot less on the back end.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Anything that I have ever written, I have always formulated the basic story line in my head, before writing a word. The original script that my book is based on, as well as the book itself, was written in about a month. Once I start I find that it writes itself.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I work from home setting appointments for publishers of a neighborhood newsletter. Marketing my book has become a full time job, so any spare time is being spent unwinding in front of the TV.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I am very proud of my cover. Although it was the publishers graphics department that actually drew it, it was all based on my design. I would tell anyone to trust what they are seeing in their minds eye and create from there.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I have just started this journey so I can only suggest that authors should find sites like this one that help writers. I am currently going after reputable reviewers to take a look at my book
What’s your favorite book?
What are you reading now?
Zoo I got hooked on the TV show
What’s your next book project?
I am busy marketing inside Out, but have a great idea that I’m still mulling over. It is a historical fiction that concerns the “Moral Majority” and their connection with the “aids” breakout in the ’80s. I never did think it had anything to do with monkeys.