Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
My boys started playing baseball at a young age and the league needed coaches. I played baseball and knew the game so I helped out. Helping in the all volunteer league turned into running a travel baseball team. I experienced the good and the bad of youth baseball from the front row. A friend encouraged me to write about the life lessons taught by baseball from the players perspective.
Tell us about your books.
Anger Throws a Curveball is the first book in the Baseball with an Attitude series. Book II is due out this fall. Anger Throws a Curveball features Brent, the coach’s son and his father’s best player on the 12-year-old baseball team. Brent struggles with anger issues and learns the life lesson of forgiveness by playing baseball.
How did you go about getting published?
The friend of mine that encouraged me to write my book had been published by a small firm in town. I made contact with the publisher and they took on my book.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I try and write at least a thousand words during a session. Early afternoon is usually the best time for me to focus on writing. I like writing when the sun is shining.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Coaching baseball. I get a kick out of watching young players having fun playing the game of baseball. No matter how bad a day I’m having, being out on the field is the spot I’m most comfortable.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Stay strong when pressure from the “professionals’ to change the picture you have in your head for the cover is in full force.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Lots of social media. The friends you haven’t seen in twenty years will buy your book. They’re special people and I’m thankful for everyone.
What’s your favorite book?
What are you reading now?
What’s your next book project?
Baseball with an Attitude Book II — it’s about lying verse telling the truth. There’s a ton of baseball action to keep kids that don’t especially like reading interested in books. KC is the main character and he has a big league adventure with lying.