1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Even as a kid I took to writing assignments in school. I remember being very fond of a project I did in second grade where we wrote our own book and made it by hand. I have no recollection about it other than getting an A
2. How many books have you written?
1 novel out, 2 in production, 2 “making the rounds”
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Probably, I mean I suppose I have lines but if they are there, they’re so instinctual I don’t notice them, it just never occurs to me to write it.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
49 three kids and this is pretty much it now. I’ve done a lot of things press operator, music critic, but since I was a stay at home father to begin with since every study says kids do better with one parent at home, I needed something to get up to and deciding to do this full time didn’t crimp our finances to do it.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I used to worry constantly that I’d never write a book as good as my favorite authors, now I worry the book that is in revisions and the one I’m currently writing won’t be as good as the last one. So, with “Cult of the Gator God” getting ready to come out, and now completely out of my hands my panicked little brain is worried that the next ones won’t be as good as that.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
If anything, I avoided it for years. I’m a born contrarian and with every teacher saying, “I’ll bet you’re an author one day.” I was bound and determined to prove them wrong. So, DJ, poetry, lead singer with the Repressed, music critic, ANYTHING but give in to perceived destiny. But my daughter had a wedding coming up, and you start to think about what you’re leaving for your kids to say, “That’s my Da!” I decided I was being a putz and just got on with it.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Cave, waterfalling (we have a lot of both in Appalachia), just get away from everything and everyone except my wife and son for a while. I also do a lot of photography including URBEX which is even more solitary normally. I run, but I wouldn’t say I do it for fun, my wife does. I run because cheesecake is still delicious.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
An exhausted long sigh of relief usually
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
We have a room that started off being the family computer room, and has more or less evolved in to my office. If I could put a cone of silence around me I would.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
It would be lovely to have my first draft to be closer to my final draft, but that just isn’t how I work. Revisions are a drag, but I need at least five to get the book I envisioned out the door.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
It depends how you define “famous” I suppose. I think I aim more to be a “well known enough to make a moderately comfortable living” writer. I wonder if being seriously famous doesn’t have traps built in to it where you’re always stuck doing the same kind of things to maintain your fame. I like the career path Roger Zelazny had where he made enough to be happy, but at the same time got to write more or less what he pleased.
12. Where do you live?
Wild, wonderful, West Virginia. I’m from Philadelphia PA, and have lived all over the country, but I like it here. It’s a gorgeous state, rugged, lots of outdoor activities, and people are generally polite.
Three cats. The Brother’s Meow, Charlie Sheen and Abaddon and our newest addition Elsa the Bride of Kittenstein who showed up in town abandoned on Elsa Lanchester’s birthday and followed my son home from school.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Where else in life does having an active fantasy life get rewarded? I get to create worlds and people for my own amusement, and if I do it well enough I can make a lot of people happy.
15. What is coming next for you?
“Cult of the Gator God,” which is more Horror-Comedy, will be the next book out from 50/50 Press’s “September Sky” imprint. I have a short story collection in the production line called “A Spoonful of Sugar” with Dreaming Big Publications, and I’ve also sold my big doorstop fantasy novel “The End of the Sojourn” to them.
And as always, short stories in a steady flow.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
I’m a career, life long, insomniac. Even with melatonin it takes me a while to fall asleep. Well, while you’re lying there, you have to think about something, don’t you? I prefer to let my mind wander to story ideas rather than the time I did something stupid in the fifth grade or the funny noise the car just started making.
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