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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?
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?
Criticism is welcomed if it is constructive in nature and not mean-spirited. Mean-spirited reviews (like "troll" generated posts) reveal more about the reviewer than the work itself.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Definitely exhilarating! I feel accomplished. Connected to the reader.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Yes. All the time. If not to me, then perhaps something that happened to someone close to me. Of course, the connection may not be obvious at first blush.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
In real estate, it's called "curb appeal." In the culinary arts, it's "plate presentation." So, the cover fills an essential role: to attract new readers and new buyers. For first-time authors especially, it can be argued that it is the more important of the two, essential for enticing first-time buyers. For established authors, I would say name recognition and story carry the day.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I most enjoy one-on-one, live interactions with readers and welcome participation in meet-the-author book-signing events and festivals. Something I sorely missed during the COVID crisis.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Hmm. Definitely a feeling of fulfillment. Of going full circle. Connecting. And sharing. The "sharing" thing is really what brings fulfillment.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
If I had to choose, I would say it's a three-way tie between Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, and James Rollins. I lean toward fast-moving Sci-fi adventures. Of course, Stephen King would have to get an honorable mention. LOL.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
Stephen King! LOL