Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’ve wanted to write books since I was a child. The origin is likely in my over-active imagination. My parents say that I used to go off and play with my action figures for hours without interruption. My first “books” were basically drawn with crayon and consisted of stick figures and few words. I’m pretty sure that only I understood them. But they were stories I wanted to see play out, and so I created them. That dream stuck with me, despite growing to pursue an education and career in very different fields than writing. I eventually started writing novels (with words instead of stick figures) when I was twenty. I picked it up again eight years later and have been writing approximately one book each year since then.
Tell us about your books.
My New Book: The Secret of Siam
The Kingdom of Siam, at the end of the 1700s, is on the verge of being conquered. One woman, Malee, the youngest princess, has the ability to prevent it. Together, with the friendship of a peasant girl, the affection of her private guard who was once a childhood friend, and the wisdom of two generals who are destined for great things themselves, Malee must make a decision that will choose the fate of her kingdom; a choice between love and identity, between the innocent and freedom, between bargaining and fight.
In modern-day Thailand, recent college graduate Kalya searches for clues to her family’s past. Guided only by a series of journals passed down through generations, Kalya seeks to uncover more about who she is by understanding the country and culture she comes from. In the process, she finds herself uncovering a secret over 200 years old that lays at the heart of both her family’s past and the birth of a new kingdom.
My First Book: The Untold Legend
The Untold Legend begins in a large conference room where hundreds of media representatives eagerly await a highly anticipated speaker to hear about an individual whose actions changed the course of history. As the speaker begins his tale, the story flashes back to a lonely man stuck in a life of routine that he never intended. Held captive by insecurity and fear, he thinks he can remember a time when he believed he was meant for great things. After a life-changing incident, he separates himself from those who dream but never act, giving up everything familiar to him to do it.
Readers join Tristan Gold as he travels to the corners of the earth in pursuit of experiences he hopes will make him whole. A person now undefined, Tristan seeks to learn about truth, beauty, adventure, friendship, meaning, family, and love. However, his journey opens the door to more than he bargained for. He encounters obstacles from societal and personal expectations, enemies made, and a mounting international crisis. While his worst impulses, mistakes and losses attempt to undo him, Tristan must find a way to rise above. Throughout, Tristan learns what it means to be weak and strong, flawed and role model, broken and hero, alone and loved, and ultimately, the reader discovers that Tristan is both inescapably human, and undeniably legend.
How did you go about getting published?
I chose self-publishing because it gave me the flexibility to publish as I saw fit and provide my stories directly to people.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
My writing process is uneven. Since writing is still something I do in addition to my “day job,” I unfortunately am not able to adhere to minimum amounts to write each day. I do set timeline goals, but I also recognize that life happens and that some things are more important than reaching self-imposed writing minimums.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When not writing? Reading! I’m also interested in public policy, playing the guitar, watching good and bad television shows and movies, and prioritize spending time with family. Most of these will likely be put on hold soon when, in the next week, my wife and I welcome our first child.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Make sure it looks good in black and white in case some of your potential readers have older Kindles without color (guilty). Also, you want something that’s going to grab attention. Personally, I’ve chosen to go for a draw that gives off the impression of being mysterious.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Start with telling your family and friends. If they don’t read it, who will? Also, get on Goodreads, a writer and reader’s social media.
What’s your favorite book?
Fiction: Gone with the Wind (Although, my favorites are often book series). Nonfiction: The Lost City of Z
What are you reading now?
I always read one nonfiction and one fiction novel at a time. Currently, I’m reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Fiction) and Why Time Flies (nonfiction).
What’s your next book project?
My second novel, The Secret of Siam, is being released on July 1 in The Kindle Store, but is available now for pre-order. As for what I’m writing now, I’m currently working on my fifth book, which likely won’t be released until 2019 (unless I choose to change the order). While I can’t say much about it, I’ll tease here that it happens over 40 years, involves two female protagonists (much like The Secret of Siam) but in this case they are mother and daughter, and it revolves around a shared ambition of theirs that may potentially change the world.
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