Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Interview With An Author (ME!) by Adventures With Ravina (PART 3 of 3)

This is Part 3 (of 3) of the of the interview done with me by the bloggers at ADVENTURES WITH RAVINA.

Part I of the interview is here:

Part II of the interview is here:

Part III of the full length of interview questions is below!


Last books you purchased? Tell us about it.

= “EDGE OF DARK WATER” by Joe R. Lansdale. “THE TERROR” by Dan Simmons. NEVERWHERE” by Neil Gaimon. “DEADFALL HOTEL” by Steve Rasnic Tem. “REDSHIRTS” by John Scalzi. “THE CORN MAIDEN AND OTHER NIGHTMARES” by Joyce Carol Oates. All six of these books are recent purchases and highly recommended. With the exception of “REDSHIRTS” (which is science fiction) these are all horror and dark fiction works; all are by amazing authors who have built a career on bestselling works that are applauded within the literary community.

Do you find the time to read?

= Every day; I try to read at least 30 minutes.

When and why did you begin writing?

= I’ve been writing and drawing stories ever since I was a child. However I stopped in college, in order to pursue business and serious-minded life necessities... which, of course, I now regret. I don’t regret the pursuit of those things, but having given up writing for so many years. I only jumped into as a potential career two-and-a-half years ago after the realization struck me that I was missing out on something I was passionate about.

How long have you been writing?

= I’ve been writing fiction with the goal of publication since February, 2011.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

= Dark fiction, speculative fiction, horror, humor, and children’s stories

Who designed the cover?

= I designed the cover myself, although the artwork was created by Kevin Scott Sutay. Kevin is a United States veteran who is currently and illegally held by Columbian rebels as a prisoner on false charges of espionage. Hopefully by the time this interview sees print, the US government will have negotiated his release.

Who is your publisher?

= Dark Moon Books, an imprint of Stony Meadow Publishing, which is a wonderful indie publisher in Florida of quality fiction (mostly horror) and non-fiction.

How much of the book is realistic?

None of it is particularly realistic. “AFTER DEATH...” is anthology of all stories which are pure speculation on the part of the authors. Everyone’s opinion of what may happen after we die is different, and these stories explore a myriad of possibilities.

Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor?

= Weston Ochse @
and Lisa Morton @

What are your current writing projects now?

= I’m beginning a dark fantasy novel set in the hobo camps of the 1930s depression. Also, as a short story writer, I’m constantly working on smaller projects, both in the creation of stories, but also in the promotion of presses I work with.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?

= Edward M Erdelac; I appreciate his crisp technical skills and love of mixing genres, primarily history and horror into compelling reading.

Peter Giglio; As a writer, editor, and publisher, Pete creates and promotes some of the best horror and dark fiction in the indie presses.

Jamie Lackey; Primarily an author of short stories, Jamie is exceptionally prolific with her work which spans fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She’s able to meld very emotionally-resonant characters into powerful storylines.

Do you have any advice for writers?

= Keep writing, and remember that every rejection is an opportunity for improvement.


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Monday, October 7, 2013

Interview With An Author (ME!) by Adventures With Ravina (PART 2 of 3)

This is Part II of the of the interview done with me by the bloggers at ADVENTURES WITH RAVINA.

Part I of the interview is here:

Part II of the full length of interview questions is below!


How much sleep do you need to be your best?

= Solid eight hours, though with family and work, that’s a rarity.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
= My family, of course!

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

= Either finding personal satisfaction or achieving financial goals. The greatest success is accomplishing both!

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?

= This current book is an anthology I edited of short stories written by different authors, entitled “AFTER DEATH...” The subject matter considers what happens to us after we die. These fiction stories range from horror to science fiction to humor to inspirational. The book includes 34 tales, each illustrated, and explores perspectives from various cultures, philosophies, hopes, or fears. Within these pages, follow the ghost of an Australian cowboy. Discover what the “white light” really means to the recently departed. Consider the impact of modern, or future, technology on the dead. Follow the karmic path of reincarnation. Visit the realms of Greek Hades, Viking Valhalla, or Chinese Fengdu, and travel from the cruelest levels of Hell’s torments to the celestial realms of eternal paradise. For more information on this anthology, visit:

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

= I hike and study entomology (insects); spend time with my family; woodwork in my garage; and read, read, read.

How often do you write? And when do you write?

= I try to write every day, even if it’s only a dozen words. My personal goal is 1,000 words a day, though most writers I know strive for more, between 1,500 – 2,000.

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?

= They’re a terrible time-suck if you let them take over your day. However, if used responsibly, they’re a wonderful tool. I use most popular social media and have had great success in promoting my projects, as well as the projects of others, networking, and have been offered writing opportunities I otherwise would not have received. I regularly check in on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and LinkedIn, in addition to several forums specifically geared toward the writing genres I follow.

What’s your next project?

= Besides my recent anthology that I’m promoting, “AFTER DEATH...”, I’ve also just released a novella entitled, “BAGGAGE OF ETERNAL NIGHT”. This is packaged with a second novella, “SMOG” by Lisa Morton under the tradition of DoubleDown Books (Two novellas in one) by JournalStone Publishing. The story takes place in 1963 Detroit, and follows two men who bid in the hotel baggage auctions. One of them wins an old suitcase, but the antique gramophone it holds inside opens a cursed portal to a frozen realm of eternity. Reader age range is 16+ to adults. For more information, visit:

When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about?

= Horror, science fiction, literary, or historic works.

What would you love to produce in your life?

= Something that changes a person’s life for the better. And a New York Times Bestseller.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Interview With An Author (ME!) by Adventures With Ravina (PART 1 of 3)

As part of a Book Promotions Tour, I was recently interviewed by a Blogger at ADVENTURES WITH RAVINA. I was asked a series of questions, though only a partial selection of those were ultimately posted.

I thought it would be fun to post the entire interview, though due to its length, I’ll break it up into three parts.

The final posted Interview is here:

Part I of the full length of interview questions is below!


Tell us a bit about your family.

= I’m married to my beautiful childhood sweetheart. We have a five year old son, and my wife is pregnant with our second (a girl) due March, 2014.

What makes you happiest?

= Writing the words, “The End”

What books did you love growing up?

= Horror (Stephen King, Dean Koontz), Boys Adventure (Jack London, Hardy Boys), Literary Classics (Mark Twain, John Steinbeck), anthologies or collections of short stories (Thomas Monteleone, Stephen King ((again)), O. Henry), and lots and lots of comics (Marvel, D.C., and Dark Horse universes)

Who are your favorite authors?

= Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell, Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Joe R. Lansdale, Clive Barker, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemmingway, Robert McCammon, Mark Bowden, O. Henry, James Ellroy, and many others.

What book should everybody read at least once?

= “Boys Life” by Robert McCammon, “Big Fish” by Daniel Wallace, “The Divine Comedy” by Dante, “Burmese Days” by James Orwell, or any volume of “The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror.”

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

= I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. I’ve travelled extensively through the United States and the world, but southern California has always been home.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

= Dreams (both night and day), news, conversations with people, personal observations of the world, and playing the “What If?” game.

Do you plan to publish more books?

= Absolutely. I have a stack ideas I want to put to paper.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…

= I used to work in business and outside sales. I then tried to start my own custom furniture design and manufacturing business which flopped. Now I contract write and edit, including working in the financial industry as a technical writer.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

= Geez, just about everything! Retail, Waiter, Security, Roofing, Manufacturing, Professional Sales (Inside and Outside), Loan Officer, Graphic Designer, Freight Loader at U.P.S., Furniture Designer, Project Manager, and more. I’ve kept a running log of dates for every single job I’ve ever worked. I’ve been employed for 19 years (since 1994) and have worked 28 jobs. Many of those overlapped, including part-time, weekend, or temporary work. The expression, “Jack of all trades, master of none,” definitely comes to mind; I’ve jumped around a lot.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

= I used to write with pen in spiral notebooks and then type it up later on a word processor. Now, I write exclusively on my desktop computer. Actually, to be honest, I write in my head first, word by word, then run to my computer and try to type it all out as I imagined it.

Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry?

= I’ve made friends in the industry recently, but starting out (only two and a half years ago), I knew nobody or nothing about the world of publishing fiction. But I threw myself into it, studied the craft, networked, and learned through experiences. Of course, still being a “newbie,” I realize I have a great deal more to learn.


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