Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
I'm a husband and a father of two wonderful daughters. I've been a runner since I was in junior high and a gamer for even longer--starting with an Atari 2600 for video games and Stratego for board games. I am an ardent lover of fantasy and sci-fi and probably live within my own world far too much.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
The current books I have published are all part of my Forgotten Years fantasy saga which I just recently wrapped up:
The Call of Chaos
The Coming Storm
Descent Into Madness
Ascent Into Light
Where can they be found?
All four books are available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited:
The Call of Chaos will soon be available on audiobook through Audible!
Do you have any current WIPs?
My current project is a science-fantasy endeavor called Mage Breaker. It follows the predicament of a gunslinger named Ellyne as she gets caught in the middle of a hunt for the most powerful magic user on the planet--a planet where magic powers everything.
My side project (and it has been a side project since its inception) is The Last Available, a fantasy-humor book that follows a group of inept adventurers as they stumble through danger, trying to save the world from evil.
How are they going?
Mage Breaker was going really well and I'm only a few chapters away from finishing it. However, my motivation and energy have waned greatly in the past couple of months and I've done very little writing at all. The Last Available, being a side project, really only makes progress sparingly, but I intend on giving it some much-needed love once Mage Breaker is complete.
What got you into writing?
I always enjoyed writing in school, but only the creative assignments. Essays etc. were okay--I didn't dislike them--but the creative assignments were the activities I thoroughly enjoyed. I had a few supportive teachers who enjoyed my writing and I think it just went from there. I've never been as much of a reader as I have always envisioned, however, I randomly bought a used copy of Stephen King's "Skeleton Crew" and devoured it, which gave me the urge to write short stories--not for assignments, but for myself. Short stories became my creative outlet but, of course, I let nobody read them. I'm sure nobody can relate to this right? Surely not!
What keeps you focused?
Being out of the house when I write keeps me focused. I know it sounds strange because there are all kinds of distractions out there and, and there are... people! I never said it made any sense. At home, I have a million distractions--laundry, dishes, a carpet that should be vacuumed, cats, a dog, kids, a wife, that dude I have locked in the basement...don't worry, he wants to be there.
So when I'm out at a coffee shop to write, I plug in some music and it's much easier to focus. If I need a brief distraction, I can look up from my laptop and see people. And there's always Twitter, I guess...
How do you battle writer’s block?
If I get writer's block (which does happen from time to time) I don't force it. As annoying and difficult as it can be, I step back and switch gears to either another writing project, or something unrelated to writing altogether. Running often helps me clear my head and come up with ideas but, sometimes, I just need to let it sit for a day or two, a week or two, or even months. It's frustrating for sure but trying to force it out is equally frustrating.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
What made you make that choice?
When I first began my writing journey, and I'm about to feel really old, the Internet was barely a thing. Agents certainly weren't using it, and it was all dialup. Likewise, there was no self-publishing route. None. So I sifted through books, looking for agents, and sending query letters by snail mail. If you think the trad-pub process sucks now, try doing it that way. Of course, I got only rejections, and tons of them. Eventually, I shelved writing altogether to focus on other things. But I circled back around, completely rewriting The Call of Chaos from the ground up, and decided on self-publishing because I wanted nothing more than to hold a copy of my own book in my hands. I'm toying with the idea of querying Mage Breaker, however. But I'm also impatient, so we'll see. Every author has to take their own route. For me, that has largely been self-publishing and I have been satisfied with the outcome.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
I still find it difficult to believe I'm an "author." I try to remember to introduce myself as such when someone asks but almost always end up talking about the day job first instead. I love the fact that I can call myself an author. Sometimes the reality that I've written and published four books doesn't register with me--like it's a dream or something.
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
I'm all over the place.
I'm on Goodreads as well