Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I started writing when I was a kid. My mom brought home this massive old typewriter from her job at the county. I could barely lift it. I broke all my nails and build up callouses quick. The idea of being able to unleash my imagination to a sheet of paper was invigorating. I never stopped after that day. I slowed down, as life forced me to do. But, I never stopped. About 7 years ago I decided to get serious and quit playing around. That’s where the current adventure started.
Tell us about your books.
My books currently are focused on the Collapse universe. A place where the world crumbled apart and the old ways returned. To a certain degree, I consider it horror, because horrible things happen. I’m fascinated by old myths and tales from the ancient world. How terrible these stories are, but what would it be like to have simply been an average somebody? How would you have dealt with angry gods or tricksters? That’s the crux of my work. This isn’t YA fiction, lets be clear.
How did you go about getting published?
This is a long, sad story. I started down the traditional path initially. I got tired of publishers taking 6 months to tell me they weren’t interested. I also got tired of friends only being interested in my work if someone in a New York publisher’s office thought it could sell. I worked for a while in the Inkshares community but found a lot of challenges there. I can honestly say that the publishing world is due for a shake-up, something that returns power to the artists. I think we’re almost there.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
At my desk. All day. I’m a marathoner, I like to hit a keyboard at 8 AM and stop by 8 PM. I don’t sit around wishing for inspiration. Nothing can get under your skin like your own imagination, and if the imagination won’t unwind, you need to start exercising it. I’ve done some of my best work in the shallows of apathy. Because it got my mind working. Remember – you’re not in charge of the book, the characters are. Let them play and they’ll tell you where to go.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I have a full-time job I enjoy, but it’s a little too full of my time. My primary hobby is wheelin’ in Northern Nevada. Heaven is a Jeep on the side of some mountain with no name, up against a sketchy trail you don’t know if you can return on. It’s you and a big blue sky, the wind on your skin and the sound of… nothing. Silence is bliss, I’ll tell you now.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Yes. Don’t skip this. Don’t look at current mainstream sellers for cover ideas. Don’t assume that people won’t choose a book by its cover. Find a real artist, not your uncle’s best friend who does watercolors. I mean find a *real artist* and work with them to create a cover that captivates and inspires. Bright, bold colors. Don’t be afraid to work with that artist to tell a story with an image. That’s your story. And pay the artist, don’t try to con them into “free publicity.” Take out a commission and pay them. They’re in the same game as you! While you paint with words, they paint with color.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Blitzkrieg! It’ll take 1,000 eyes to sell you one book or get you one like. The more you do, the better. Don’t slack, don’t let up. Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads are all great tools.
What’s your favorite book?
What are you reading now?
The last book I read was “Devil’s Call” by Danielle J. Dorn. Check it out, I love her work.
What’s your next book project?
“The Bruja” is kind of an introduction to a new world, I have plans to write further in this universe. I already completed a sequel called “Mayhem,” summer of 2017. “Mayhem” deals with some of the places and characters but weaves a much different story, focusing on Maggi Lopez’s student & adopted daughter, Margaret. After that, there are some other works I’m hammering away on.