What got you started in writing?
The short answer is “reading”. I love to read and have since I can remember. But what I found was that often a story wouldn’t turn out the way I hoped, or it took a direction different than I wanted it to. Not that it was necessarily bad, but I kept thinking, “how cool would it have been if ‘XYZ’ had happened instead of ‘ABC’?” So I started writing my own stories. Eventually, they didn’t suck anymore.
How many books have you published?
So far, I have three novels published:
*A MURDER OF SAINTS (1st Ed 2017, iUniverse, 2nd Ed 2018, Crimson Saint Press)
*THE HARD GOODBYE (2019, Death’s Head Press).
*THE DAMNED PLACE (2019, Black Bed Sheet Books).
I also have a novella published and available:
*TRESPASS (2018, Deadman’s Tome).
My short story FLUSHED (2018, Crimson Saint Press) is available in ebook and audiobook formats. I’ve also got short stories in several anthologies, some already available and some still to come. They are:
*19 GATES OF HELL (2018, Bundle Rabbit, story A THIRST FOR SCARLET)
*KILLERS INSIDE (2018, Lapse of Mind Publishing, story IN THE HOUSE)
*PSYCHO HOLIDAY (2018, Deadman’s Tome, story NAUGHTY CLAUS)
*AND HELL FOLLOWED (2019, Death’s Head Press, story BEHIND BLUE EYES)
*DEEP FRIED HORROR FATHER’S DAY EDITION (2019, Deadman’s Tome, story IN THE HOUSE)
What is your writing process like?
It always starts with an idea, or as is often the case with me, MULTIPLE ideas that all form together. Something will come to me and I’ll think, “Oh, that might be interesting to explore,” and I let it brew for a while. Sometimes they vanish from my mind, either not a very good story idea or it may just not be the right time. But quite often they grow and build and before you know it, there’s a great story emerging from the primordial idea soup. Once I have the main story together, the characters come next. Who is in this story? What’s their purpose? And so on. Once the characters are formed, I try to put something together to create a human conflict. Even when I’m writing about cosmic monsters, I still make sure to include a human villain, because that conflict between the characters is what roots the story somewhere the reader knows and understands, and creates an atmosphere where when the monsters come, they believe it. After all that is figured out, it’s time to start writing. I might make a list of characters and brief descriptions of their appearance, but little else. I don’t outline, I just scoot up to the keyboard and floor it. The characters tell me the story, and I write down what they say. So far, it works for me.
What’s next? Are you working on something new?
Oh, yes. I’m always working on something new. At the moment, I’ve just finished a secret project up and sent it to the editor with the publishing house who will be releasing it. I can’t talk about that one, other than to say you’ll be seeing this one in 2020. I’m also polishing up the sequel to THE DAMNED PLACE–called THE DAMNED ONES–and should have it ready for submissions in another month or two. Beyond that, I’ve got a cosmic horror novella that’s been through a couple of drafts, but I’m not finished with it yet. The story is told, but it needs some more tweaking. I also plan to start work on the third installment of the DAMNED trilogy this fall, tentatively titled THE DAMNED TOWN, and I have several other ideas for novels and novellas I’ll be getting to just as soon as time allows. Of course, I’m always spitting out little short stories from time to time and some of those will be appearing in anthologies in the coming months. I’m always writing something.
Has any of your work been adapted for film or TV?
At the moment, no, but one of my published short stories is in talks for possible production. Can’t say more about it than that, so please don’t ask. If/when I can discuss it, I promise I will.
Is any of your work available in audiobook?
Yes, actually. My first novel A MURDER OF SAINTS and my novella TRESPASS are currently available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon in audio format, both narrated by the immensely talented Tim Halligan. My second novel THE HARD GOODBYE is also on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon in audio, narrated by the incredibly talented Daniel Caravetta, who is also currently producing the audiobook for THE DAMNED PLACE as I write these words (August 2019), and we should see it by the end of October or early November. My short story FLUSHED is also available, narrated by the wonderful SW Salzman, and you can find my short story IN THE HOUSE on audio with the KILLERS INSIDE anthology alongside some other great authors. That one is narrated by Paul D. Henry.
Where can people contact you?
I’m on all the major social media sites. You can like my author page on Facebook here, follow me on Twitter here, and on Instagram here. You can send a friend request to my personal Facebook page if you’re not a creepy freak, and I’ll probably accept it so long as I’m still under FBs arbitrary 5000 friends limit. If you want to send me a direct line, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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