Exclusive Interview with
When did you start writing?
In High School … a few years back.
What makes writing your passion?
I love movies and think of my stories like movies playing in my mind.
How long have you been writing?
As a serious author about 20 years.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I like to create interesting characters … characters that folks enjoy hanging out with.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
That’s easy … marketing … I’m the world’s worst salesman.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
Don’t force it … just relax and take a break … even a year or more if necessary.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
Do it because you like it, not to be successful.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
Yes … the bad ones are what they are … everyone is entitled to an opinion and you can’t please everyone.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Like hitting a home run.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Not consciously … but I suppose it would be hard not to incorporate a little of yourself into your work.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
None really … I try to think of my characters as independent people with their own history, values and thoughts. I might identify more or less with them just as readers do, but they are not me.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to saw it is AS important, but it is important. If I had the resources, I’d redo the cover for HEADWIND.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I love to connect with readers … they are passengers on my carnival ride and I always hope they have fun. I love to hear if they enjoyed the ride.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Well, I basically a shy person, so I don’t necessarily enjoy the limelight … but you can’t help feeling a little proud when someone throws some praise your way.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
Honestly, I’m not sure I could answer that … it’s kind of like saying who your favorite child is.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
The dream is to have one of my stories made into a movie.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
No. Once it’s done, it’s done.
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
I can’t really think of any … I like being me.