If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
The hero Mark Daniels of course. I modeled him after me. For the same reason they call him Moose, they called me Big Mike. Plus he adorns his wife, like I do mine. Got to love the big brute.
Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Sure glad to. The story examines the premise: Greed is blind to human suffering. It's a heart grabber, in terms of the powerful relationship between Sara and Mark, the discovery they make, how it affects them personally, and alters their life forever. Also, it's based on some real life stuff that's just around the corner. Here's a blurb for ya.
Life in the small rural town of Lawton, VA is everything you can imagine: wonderful people, beautiful vistas, and a peaceful environment to raise your family, except for one thing. The greed and vanity of a few men has exacted a heavy toll on the community, and those whose lives have been forever affected have no idea. No one knows, except Sara. In her subconscious mind, the nightmares that invade her sleep show the confusing truth and feed her fears. But she never verbalizes the haunting images to her husband. Until the true sinister nature of the clandestine EW operation is revealed and the couple is forced to struggle for their lives.
Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Well, I mimicked the heroine after my wife, if that helps. Course I made Sara a bit more of a vixen. Man's got to have his fantasies. Lord don't tell my wife, she's a tiny thing but can kick my big butt.
Always write with country music playing in the background. Love Toby Keith, Sawyer Brown, and a couple others.
Always lock myself away for 10-14 hours undisturbed. I have to live the story in my mind as I create it. Only way it works for me. Wish I could do it piece meal, but I can't. Its one of the reasons I start to feel isolated toward the end of the story and have to go out and chase my mate around the house. Yeah, even a big guy can move fast when he has a purpose. Does make the house shake a bit, from the running I mean.
Did you have writer's block? If so, how do you break free?
Never had it real bad on the four stories I've written, they just seem to flow. On occasion I might lose a little juice, so I shift over to another story or go work my farm, then the ideas rush in and I go back to the cave again.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
Beside TAINTED HERO and FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, my third novel (BLIND CONSENT) will be released in April 09. I'm working on a fourth called SHADOW OF GUILT, and just started a collaborative project with a wonderful writeer, Candace Morehouse, called DOUBLE EDGE. We figure two heads are better than one, even if it is a guy and girl (g). I also post the good, bad, and ugly of the writing experience with 15 other authors at http://TheWritersVineyard.com
What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
I write the stories first, then go back and research the hell out of the details to make such everything is plausible and realistic. All my stories have something to do with real things happening in life, things that affect us, will affect us, things we have to be aware of, and wrap a good romance around them, cause what's life without a little loven'
What would you like to tell your readers?
Thank you, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share these visions in my head, to reach out and touch people and help them escape from life for a while. I mean that. I've been very fortunate with my first story TAINTED HERO. Got six 5 star reviews and made the publisher bestseller list. Don't know if FORGOTTEN CHILDREN will do as well, but both my publisher and wife said they loved this one more then the first, and they couldn't put the first one down. I can only dream, right?
Did you outline this book or just start writing?
I outlined my first two, but decided to experiment with the third BLIND CONSENT and just go with the flow. We'll see if it makes a difference.