Tell us a bit about your family.
I’ve been lucky to be married to my best friend for going on 38 years. We have two sons, one recently married, and the other soon to be.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
If you define yourself by what other people think, you probably shouldn’t be a writer. At best, you’ll write watered down stories that offend no one and lack a distinct voice. At worst, you’ll never finish anything. The best answer to self-doubt—be true to yourself.
What scares you the most?
Spending a year on a novel and discovering the basic structure is flawed, then having to rip it apart and throw away some darlings.
What makes you happiest?
Finding the perfect word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, scene. Re-reading the prior day’s writing and thinking—that’s better than I thought it was.
What’s your greatest character strength?
Persistence. I need to rewrite a lot to make it good.
What’s your weakest character trait?
Procrastination. Sometimes I’ll do anything rather than write.
Why do you write?
It’s a character flaw. People in my head keep insisting I tell their story.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
I had a wonderful English teacher in seventh grade who taught me to love to read. That was the start. Then when I was sixteen, this girl who was the editor of a daily camp newsletter convinced me to write something. When it was printed the next day with my byline, I was hooked.
What motivates you to write?
I hope readers feel something special when reading my books, so special that it changes them for the better. Or at least makes them pause and think.
What writing are you most proud of?
Hopefully, I’m continuously improving, so I’m usually most proud of my latest work.
Do you have any advice for writers?
Justice Louis Brandeis once said: “There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” The process of producing a novel is a lot more about hard work than inspiration.
If you love it, keep writing and never give up. It won’t be easy, but it will be fulfilling. If you don’t love it, find something easier to do.
Readers' Favorite Book 2013 Bronze Award Winner,
Drama Category -Fiction
A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds...
The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare. Now he's a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he's inhabiting two separate realities. The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse--and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.
In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde. His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission--a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory--and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell.
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Genre – Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy
Rating – PG
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