Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I like to consider myself a creative and imaginative person which would explain the serious interest and eagerness to write unique works. I am very friendly and down to earth and a simple-minded person and I try to be quirky and odd in my writing. Whether I’m charismatic in person or show it in my writing overall I like to be different. I’m into history and the unexplained and sometimes I feel they both make great topics to write about. I was inspired to start writing when I read a few poems in English class in high school, that’s how I was inspired to write poetry. As far as what inspired me to write overall it’s hard to say as there’s so many things, I’ll say this much, after seeing that I wasn’t making much promise on certain goals I had I thought I’d make it my mission to become serious about my writing.
Tell us about your books.
Opium Warfare is a crime thriller set in 1920’s Shanghai about the slow rise of opium throughout the town caused by a man from the notorious green gang. It blends entertainment and education to give an overall chilling and gripping read.
Like A Box of Chocolates is a collection of 40 poems all within a bunch of different genres. Each poem is innovative and unique.
A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West is a western horror set in a small town in 1870. A town on it’s last whim is overtaken by a corrupt sly outlaw by the name of Javier Bones Jones. A young man by the name of Emerson Shaw gathers the town in a quest to stop Jones and his army of undead soldiers.
The Macabre Masterpiece is a collection of 50 chilling horror poems within five chapters each a different level or type of Horror.
How did you go about getting published?
I started off publishing with a poor vanity press to whom I did not research. After getting lucky I managed to get out of a contract with them and decided to become self-published. I came across Createspace and decided to go with them and I’ve used them ever since and I couldn’t be more happy. I know some people are against self-publishing or don’t credit it but given what I went through at first as an amateur author I wanted out and self-publishing has given me control and freedom to write and do as I please without consequence.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write whenever I feel inspiration can strike…when I’m hone or at my computer of course. I usually write in the afternoons or in the evening. I usually try to get a good idea going and write what I have on my mind and if it stops I try to think more of improvise. Sometimes there’s plenty to write other times there’s a struggle. I usually try to type a single poem or chapter to it’s end, that way I don’t stop in the middle and lose thought when I go back. I will write on any day and it doesn’t matter as long as I have something to write about.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When I’m not writing I enjoy going for walks, watching television, playing sports and games when possible. I’m a big football fan so if I’m not watching it I’m doing something football related whether it be research, getting stats or analyzing. I’d say
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Go all out on your book covers! Hire a professional to do your cover for you. Too many authors decide on a simple cover by either doing it themselves, buying a premade one or hiring an amateur. Then when they don’t know why their books aren’t selling or engaging to people they don’t think of their simple boring covers. A cover is the first thing a potential reader sees so you want it to stand out, to be engaging, to take their eyes make their hands pick up that book. Too many people skip this step and it’s all about the details, get a professional cover.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I do actually have one unique twitter tip that I recently thought of that I’ve been sharing around social media. It’s a way to hashtag your own page to get your book more views and interest. Basically anytime you talk about your book on Twitter you #hashtag your title or create a unique title for it and what it does is give you your own page on Twitter where all news and updates on your book on one page. You can send people there and just tell them to hashtag your title or leave it on your profile page. I’ve found it to be very useful and fun.
What’s your favorite book?
The Endlands by Vincent Hobbes
What are you reading now?
Red Dust: The Fall by Ben Dixon
What’s your next book project?
I would but unfortunately there is no plan for any new works anytime soon. I just published Opium Warfare and will be focused on that. I do plan on writing more short stories and expanding a horror blog.