Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’m a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from Duke University and when I was being trained the department was heavily committed to Carl Jung. Jung conveyed to me a love of mythology which built on what I had heard in classes with the distinguished anthropologist Leslie White. As each major turning point in my life came I felt the impulse to bring some aspect of it to life in a book that had a mythological overtone of some kind.
Tell us about your books.
Earlier in life my books related to real world issues. One showed how to use Carl Jung’s personality typology to help authors create characters and plots. Another provided my analysis of the failure of the community mental health movement when I worked in inner city poverty. Another focused on how to deal effectively with the adjustment problem in a stepfamily in formation. there were other fiction books which I laid aside for later development. Currently my focus is on the development and publication of the Gaia’s Majesty Trilogy in this era of the empowerment of women.
How did you go about getting published?
Years ago my wife and I had a book published by Doubleday. One day, seated in their offices in New York we were in general conversation when we were shown a book they had just published. They said the company had no idea what books would sell well. What a revelation from a major publishing house.
Now we have the option of self publishing which I absolutely love.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Once I have a core idea I work to develop a general outline using Dara Marks’ Transformational Arc. It is especially for movies but works well for fiction writing. I most often start first in the day but may work other times as well. Sometimes I write in my head deep in the night and oddly find it is still there in the morning.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I’m “retired” so my day is pretty much my own. What I do at other times is a mishmash.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I really don’t know what to say. There is so much out there now it is a wilderness. I respond to something eye catching.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Watch out where you advertise. I’ve gotten burned. In one place if I checked into my account to confirm something related to the ad, they started a new stream of advertising which I did not intend. I’m sticking with sites such a ReadWrite Club. I find them straightforward and you can easily contact someone if there is a question or problem.
What’s your favorite book?
Yikes! I don’t play favorites. There are so many interesting books.
What are you reading now?
Isabel Allende’s Islane Beneath theSea. Horrifying tale of Haiti under slavery but truly engaging. She goes against current conventional wisdom and does a lot of telling rather than showing. It works very very well.
What’s your next book project?
I’m currently finishing up the second book in the Gaia’s Majesty Trilogy. Eventually I can see a book about each of the Andromeda women in the story.