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.


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