Why do you write? Writing is very therapeutic for me. It doesn’t feel like work, so I have to sometimes tear myself away from it in order to give time to other important aspects of my life, such as my wife.
Have you always enjoyed writing? No. I guess you could say I’m a late bloomer in that regard. When I was in high school or college, I would have never thought I would become a writer.
What motivates you to write? I get an idea and I can’t be happy until I have turned it into a project by starting to write it, and I can’t be happy after that until I have completed it and I can’t be happy in the interim unless I’m working on it.
What books did you love growing up? I was and am a very eclectic reader. I like many genres, but every book has to meet my very high standards, which is hard to do.
Who is your favorite author? I have many favorites, but I would have to say Patrick O’brian.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you? He loved his family.
How did you develop your writing? By reading voraciously all my life, by studying books on writing written by successful authors and by writing, writing, writing.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Anywhere and everywhere. From books I have read, from my experiences and those of others, from life. Inspiration is all around us.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? I guess that would depend on who you ask, but for me the writing was much easier than getting someone to read (and publish) what I had written. Marketing is another ongoing challenge that, for me, is tougher than writing.
Do you find it hard to share your work? No. I want to share it. It’s harder to know I have something sitting in my computer and no one is reading it.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My family and friends have been incredibly supportive. I’m very blessed in that way.
Do you plan to publish more books? Yes. I plan to publish as many as I can write. Hopefully my publisher will agree.
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Genre - Western, Action, Adventure
Rating – PG
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