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.
What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.
I don’t respond to them. I can’t control the Internet … heck, I barely understand it. It is what it is and people are what they are.
What would you say to your readers?
Wake each day with a sense of joy, wonder, gratitude, and love and pursue that which you enjoy.
Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?
I am retired and travel with my wife.
What is your day job if you have one?
Happy to say, nothing!
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
I play guitar and sing … hit open mics all over the country.
Did you have a happy childhood?
Yes, it was rather pleasant.
Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?
I can’t think of anything … just trying to express the movie playing in my mind.
Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?
No …. but I do have a couple of screenplays I’ve written with a partner, Marcel DeClercq.
What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?
Education should be about teaching children to dream and then how to go about achieving those dreams.
If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?
If people were more: Peaceful Loving Happy
What is your favorite music?
Well, I’m an old rock’n’roller, but these days I paint with a much broader pallet … I really like all types of music … except atonal … don’t get that.
Share a secret with us 🙂
Well, if I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret!