Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
First, thank you for the opportunity to interview. A little about me. I'm 44 years old, married with two beautiful kids- 1 boy, 1 girl- who are my whole world. I'm currently attending Rogers State University working on a degree in Nursing. I will graduate in May 2008 as an RN.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Bruce Larson, the main character from Red River Romance. That's my most recent book, I'm still polishing it getting it ready to submit.
As for why, Bruce is parts of what I am and parts of what I'd like to be. He is an ex-Navy SEAL. After 6 yrs in the Navy, he went to nursing school and played college football. After he graduated he spent part of the year playing pro football and part of the year working in a hospital. He is a fierce protector of women and kids.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Suspense- I love Tom Clancy
Who or what influences you when you write?
Several things. I draw from things I've read or seen in the past. Some of my characters are influenced by other characters I've read about. A friend of mine that is a writer told me once, ?There are only a few stories, there's just thousands of ways to tell them.?
What do you do on a typical writing day?
More likely, it's a writing night. I do most of my writing at night after the kids are in bed and I can focus. I make a pot of coffee and put on some classical music to listen to. I generally have an idea what I'm going to write before I start. I may have an entire scene in my head, then once I begin to write, it's a matter of fine tuning it.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Take a shower, mow the lawn, go for a walk. They all give me time to be alone with my thoughts where I can let things run through my mind to see what I like best.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I'd love to! Love's Redemption will be released on May 12, 2007 by Mardi Gras publishing. In this one, it starts off in the year 864 AD, a time when the Norsemen ruled the seas and were the scourge of Europe. After one such raid on a town, Celtic spirits decide to take revenge on the raiders, killing all but their leader- Arne. Arne is stranded alone on an island. There, a Celtic spirit places a curse on him. He has a thousand years to break the curse or it will become eternal. To break the curse, he must get off the island, find a woman that is a descendant of the last village he raided, win her love, and marry her. Will he succeed? Find out on May 12 th !!
Please tell us what you have planned next?
Well, as I said, Red River Romance is done- the first draft anyway. I'm still doing some polishing work. I have a fourth book I'm working on that is untitled as of now, plus a couple of others in the planning stages. I do most of my writing during the summer when I'm not in school.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? - In general and in you're writting career
Working as an RN at a hospital, possibly working on my Masters degree as well.
As for my writing, I would like to move into mainstream publishing.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
There again, I like Bruce. He is soft and compassionate with the woman he loves. He respects her as a person, and respects her wishes. He likes to help others. And if he catches you trying to hurt someone that can't defend themselves, he can make the abuser wish his mother had stayed a virgin. He has a particular dislike for child abusers, and isn't opposed to abusing and abuser.
What do you do for inspiration?
I guess you could say I daydream. I think about some scenario and put myself in the role of the hero. Then I let my muse have fun with it.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Perhaps a mystery or a drama, maybe with a historical flair?
What type of book would you like to write but haven't yet?
I'd like to try a vampire book sometime. My wife loves reading them. I need to read a few to get an idea of what I'm doing first.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
For my historical, I try to research fairly thoroughly. I do a good deal of my research on the internet, plus books from the library. I take some artistic license occasionally, but I try to keep the important things factual. As an example? The Vikings were never actually called Vikings during the time they were active. They were known simply as the Norsemen. Most were farmers. After planting their crops they would go Viking or exploring.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Hinder. I don't even use them. I write when the mood strikes me. If I set a deadline and force myself to write, I end up writing crap. If I wait until I have something to say, it flows a lot better.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
About 2 years ago I first submitted Butterfly Passions. I had let several people read it who told me they really enjoyed it and encouraged me to follow through with it.
What would you like to tell your readers?
I truly appreciate each and every one of you and I truly hope you enjoy my work. I enjoy getting input from readers as to what they liked and didn't like. I use it to make myself a better writer.
What is the best and advice you have ever received?
Best-?You have too much here for a short story, make it a novel?- Harvey Shell. Harvey is a close friend of mine who read the original version of Butterfly Passions, a 27 page short story. It's now 315 pages.
Worst- I can't remember it. I tend to delete bad advice from my cerebral hard drive
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I just start writing. I have a basic idea in my head of what I want to write and go from there. Shoot from the hip so to speak.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Not an actual group per se. I have a few select friends I trust to read my manuscripts and give me feedback.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
Butterfly Passions, published by Mardi Gras Publishing in January of 2007. It's available now as an e-book and will be released the end of March in print
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Just send me an email with any questions. I will answer each of them and tell you just about anything you want to know.
Thank you for this opportunity!