Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’m a competitive person, mostly competing with myself, but not always. For example, I like sports and pursued it to the point of competing for the U.S. in the Olympics. In this instance, some golfing buddies and I were having lunch after a round of golf and talking about books. I was critical of a superstar author (whose books I generally love) and one of my friends said “Why don’t you get out of the backseat and show us what you can do.” I didn’t say I would, but the challenge was there and I started writing my first novel. I loved it (the writing, not necessarily the first novel).
Tell us about your books.
I write political and legal thrillers, taken from the headlines, always very timely and tense. In fact, Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels, was kind enough to read a copy of my latest novel, The Amendment Killer, and graciously called it “Tense, timely, and terrific.” I will stand behind tense and timely. I will defer to Mr. Child on terrific.
How did you go about getting published?
Blood, sweat and tears is the only way to describe it. I love the artistic side of writing, but not the business side of it.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I’m a “pantser.” I don’t start a novel until I have a beginning couple of paragraphs and a sense of where I’m heading, but I just progress one scene at a time and see where I come out. I don’t have a particular time, day or place I like to write. I am able to control my schedule and my commitments. I am high energy. If I get on a roll and avoid the interruptions, I can write 10-15 hours a day, and often do. When life gets in the way, sometimes it’s only 2-3 hours a day.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I still practice law selectively for long-time clients and on matters that really interest me. I love to read and I love to play golf.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
It’s like writing. Be as creative as you can and stay with it until you get it right. Remember, the cover is the first thing a reader sees. You barely have a second or two to grab them and make them look inside.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I hate marketing, but it’s a necessary evil. Authors need to accept that. The best way to market is to be nice and responsive to those who show interest.
What’s your favorite book?
I have lots of books I’ve enjoyed. Caine Mutiny ranks right up there for me.
What are you reading now?
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
What’s your next book project?
It’s called The Puppet Master. It’s a prequel to my current novel, The Amendment Killer, that released November 1, 2017, and it will release April 1, 2018. These are the first two in the Brooks/Lotello Thriller Series. It’s about a vigilante serial killer bumping off corrupt politicians in modern day Washington, D.C.
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