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When did you start writing?
I started writing short stories in the 1980s and novels in the early 1990s.
What makes writing your passion?
It's how I amuse myself.
How long have you been writing?
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Like I'd accomplished a goal.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
My characters tend to be quirky, but also intense.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
Sending query letters to literary agents.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I don't know, I've never had it.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
I do it because I enjoy it. If you don't like it, you should probably find something else to focus on.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Your books are going to end up being a series, plan for that from the beginning.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I do and I don't mind if people don't like the story, but I get depressed if they criticise the writing.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
I feel pleased that the story resonated with the reviewer.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Yes, usually random experiences type situations, rather than major life events.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
I try to avoid creating characters that are obviously based on someone I know, myself included, but a little of myself spills over into just about every character.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Not as important, but it's important. If no one is drawn to your book, no one will read it.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I'm willing to connect with readers, but it doesn't happen often.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
If anyone ever recognizes me in public, I'll let you know.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
Haruki Murakami - I find him to be the most interesting storyteller I've come across.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
The dream is to have an active discussion group for my books on Goodreads.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
I've rewritten several. Over the course of forty years, one tends to grow as a storyteller, and what was acceptable when I was twenty, is often unacceptable at 60.
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
I'm content in my shoes.
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 wouldn't have anything to say to them.
What would you say to your readers?
Thanks for reading and feedback is greatly appreciated.
Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?
I live in a small village in the Los Padres National Forest in California.
What is your day job if you have one?
Retired from working in page layout for a city government. I also own and operate a small independent bookstore.
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
Hiking/Snowshoeing, Music Festivals, Reading, Movies (Film Noir in particular), Baking Bread
Did you have a happy childhood?
It had its ups and downs.
Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?
I was in Antarctica with and I started writing to help deal with the isolation.
Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?
All my books are self-published.
What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?
Even though I enjoy team sports, I think they place too much importance on football, basketball, etc. Academics should be the most important factor and I don't think bullying should be tolerated.
If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?
To go back in time and right some wrongs
For my bookstore to be a major success
To see one of my books made into a movie
What is your favorite music?
Jam Grass (a combination of bluegrass and improvisational jamming)
Share a secret with us 🙂
My writing has been heavily influenced by a few TV shows.