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When did you start writing?
What makes writing your passion?
How long have you been writing?
I suppose if you include my technical writing experience as a process engineer, I would have to say forty years or so. During that time I tapped into my creative side as a part-time musician and songwriter, always stressing the lyrical content of my songs. But it was the summer of 2007 when, at the urging of my wife, Janet, I was smitten by the creative writing muse following our off-the-beaten-path trip to the quaint, historic town of Greenwich, Cumberland County, NJ. That's when the gears started turning in my head, combining my love of history with my career experience in the biotech consulting field, resulting in the historical sci-fi time travel mystery of Greenwich: The Final Project.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
As a writer of fiction-- Elated! As an independent author and publisher--Exhausted!
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I mainly drew on my own experiences as a biotech engineer and my love of history. Particularly South Jersey history and persons of historical note. My characters tended to be an amalgam of people I have known over the years. With even a little bit of myself thrown into the mix.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
Marketing and selling myself. I've never really been good at it. As an indie author/publisher you feel pulled in so many different directions. It would be nice to be able to spend more time writing and interacting with readers than having to deal with the pressures of a constantly shifting marketplace. Not to mention the learning curves associated with acquiring effective online social networking and publishing skills.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?