WRITING & PUBLISHING:
Absolutely. I was raised in a Christian home with a solid Biblical foundation and discovered a love for reading early in my life.
About how long does it take you to write a book?
The Kingdom and Knights series averaged about 6 months per book. The Wars of the Realm books are longer and took about 8 to 9 months.
Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?
Yes. I am an electrical engineer by degree and work as a product design engineer.
If you could write from any place in the world, where would it be?
On my balcony in the Spring or Fall, 72 degrees, with a chocolate chip Frappe.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That people like them…truly. I write from my heart and do not try to cater to any particular audience. That people of all ages enjoy them still surprises me every day.
If you had to go back or do it all over is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
My first book was written without any research or study on the principles of good writing…it was a work of pure passion. Looking back, I wish I had become a student of writing before I picked up the pen.
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
‘Light of the Last’ is the latest book in my modern-day spiritual warfare series. The story line gets big and yet wraps up the previous two books very well. Of the sixteen books I have published, I was most excited about this one. It is the culmination of years of attempting to capture the heart of what I believe about spiritual warfare while mixing in action/superhero elements.
What attribute do you enjoy most about any character from the literary realm?
I love characters that are not perfect and yet inspire us to be better than we are.
What is your favorite time to write?
Late evening or night time. All of the distractions of life disappear…texts, emails, phone calls. My mind can focus exclusively on the story God wants me to tell.
I greatly enjoyed your Wars of the Realm series. In the second book, specifically, there’re numerous scriptural facts included about spiritual warfare. In researching this and studying scripture, did you come across anything you hadn’t previously been aware of?
Yes, although I don’t remember specifically what those revelations were. Any time I open God’s Word, I look forward to learning something new and fresh. There is one that does come to mind though…that angels have real swords and scabbards. See 1 Chronicles 21:27.
That does happen to some degree from time to time, but usually only in regard to a particular character trait and not the entire person.
What is your favorite quote from any book?
“I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” – Jesus
Do you have a favorite bible verse or story? If so, which one?
My favorite verse is Hebrews 4:12. I don’t necessarily have a favorite bible story but I do have a favorite bible character…Daniel.
What are your current writing projects?
I am in between projects at this time. I have ideas for three different series I’d like to pursue.
What comment would make your day, if you received it from one of your readers?
“Your books have inspired me to love God more and live for Him wholeheartedly.”
Could you tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
When I was first married, I didn’t want to have children. When our first child was born, my father’s heart was too. Having children gave me great purpose in life and having the opportunity to impact other young people through my writing is a precious privilege I will never take for granted.
How have you evolved most markedly as a writer over your career?
I have learned a lot from many editors in my writing career. I have learned that even though I may not agree with them on certain aspects of writing, there is always something to learn from each one.
What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
That of course would be the Bible. Beyond the Bible I would have to say that from a literary perspective, the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs influenced me early and continue to today.
What advice would you give to those who consider being a writer?
First, read as much as you can. Read analytically. Second, become a student of writing by researching the fundamentals of good writing. A good book to reference is “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers”, by Renni Browne and Dave King.
Do you have a specific story about how you came to Christ that you would like to share?
I came to Christ as a young boy. I don’t remember it being dramatic. At twenty-seven I rededicated my life to Christ and that was a significant turning point in allowing my passion for Jesus to drive everything in my life. The story is rather long but God helped me deal with a long period of doubt in my life through the mentorship of a godly man while I was serving in the Air Force.
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