Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I am a biologist who spends time out on the Bering Sea working with all sorts of fascinating creatures. Seriously. I collect, maintain, and distribute data for scientific, management, and regulation compliance purposes in the Gulf of Alaska and the Eastern Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands. When I’m not tangling with squid and wrestling with sharks, I enjoy watching and playing sports of all kinds, playing guitar, and of course, writing, which I hope to make more than a hobby instead of “that thing I tried one time.”
I was reading through a series and thought to myself how simple the author made it seem. That’s not to say the writing wasn’t good or anything, but it was done in such a way that made me feel like I could do it. Let me explain it another way. If you don’t know who Bob Ross was, he was an incredible painter known for his show The Joy of Painting. I’ve spent a lot of time watching reruns with my dad over the years, and it’s just incredible to see the paintings Bob creates in only half an hour. He makes it look so incredibly easy. It’s not. I bought one of his painting sets and tried myself. Turned out okay, but nothing like Bob’s. That’s how I felt when reading through this book series, that maybe I could do this. I flirted with the idea for a couple of days and then decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I went for it. It’s been an incredible experience.
Tell us about your books.
I have a few series I’m working on. My first published novel, The Rising, is part of my Supernaturals series, which falls into the YA/urban fantasy genre. If you like superheroes of any kind, X-men, Percy Jackson, or anything of a similar nature, then this series will be right up your alley.
A second series I’m working on (currently titled The Telkuhryn Chronicles), is more of a YA/epic fantasy. I like to think of it as a mix of Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia.
A third series I’m working on is my Survival series, a post-apocalyptic/dystopian thriller geared more for adults or NA.
How did you go about getting published?
I started out trying to go the traditional route, but after discovering how hard it can be for a new, unknown author to get an agent to even look at their manuscript, I decided to go the self-publishing route and get the book out there.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Everyone is different. When I have an idea for a book, I start with something simple: writing it down. I outline to a degree, but probably not like most go about it. I write out the basic plot and build upon that, over time adding more specifics and building scenes. I make tons of notes on my phone of random ideas that come to me throughout the day, building on scenes I already have, or creating completely new ones, adding character traits, dialogue, or whatever else might come to me. When it comes to actually sitting down and writing, I aim for 1500 words a day. Sometimes it’s less, sometimes it’s more. No session is really the same.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Watxch and play pretty much any kind of sport, reading, games.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Read, read, read. Write, write, write.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Get your name out there by any means possible.
What’s your favorite book?
The Count of Monte Cristo
What are you reading now?
Jesse Stone mysteries series
What’s your next book project?
I am currently working to finish up The Recruit (Supernaturals Book 2), as well as the first books in a couple other series I hope to complete: The Outbreak (Survival Book 1), a dystopian/post-apocalyptic journey; and The Lost Book of Behlkrumor (The Telkuhryn Chronicles book 1), an epic fantasy adventure.