I’m a southerner born and raised in Virginia and have been around quite a bit. I currently live in Connecticut. I plan on retiring early and moving to Long Beach, North Carolina. My passion is writing stories to touch a readers soul and heart and to make them truly feel what the story is saying. I am single, I love cats, cooking, naps, coffee, the beach, movies and reading. I hope to meet that special lady who loves an affectionate and sensitive man. I believe in Romance and Love.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I’ve always be a writer at heart. I wrote poetry for years and dreamed about writing a novel and becoming a bestselling author. Honestly, though, I didn’t sit down to finally begin seriously writing my first novel until August of 2012. It is titled, Nightmares and Dreams. It took something very serious and dramatic to make me decide to finally take that plunge and it’s been no turning back ever since. It’s my dream come true. My calling.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? That depends. I have to work a fulltime job and sometimes overtime so I sit down and write when I can. On days that I work, I try to write some before I go in and some when I get home. On my days off I try to get focused and sprint with someone. That really motivates me. A lot of times I’m back and forth, because I have a problem with shutting down social media, lol.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Oh, yeah, I have definitely had that unfortunately. I’ve had it for weeks at a time before. The only way I have found to beat it is to find something to inspire me. Music, a movie, there’s been times when a simple picture has inspired me with a new story. Times when I have been in bed trying to get my brain to shut up and something will come to me. When it starts to flow, it really flows.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story? Lol, good one. I’ve tried writing out outlines, but for me I get the story in my head and just write it out. Usually, the characters will tell me what they want and how they want it. I have found that it’s best to let them talk. Then I worry about going back and revising to the best of my ability when the first draft is finished.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published? I’ve done both. Right now I am with Limitless Publishing and I’m extremely grateful to be with them. I have found that the authors there and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. I feel I’ve made some real friends since I have been with them. I’ve also self-published and will probably do so again, but I prefer being with a publisher. I have a new novel that I’m revising and will probably submit to Limitless and there will be a sequel to that.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? It started out rocky for me to be honest. I didn’t have a clue on how difficult the world of publishing can be and I have had to pay some dues. I’ve struggled and have even gone hungry a few times to do something with it. I didn’t give up though. I know this is my calling. Things have gotten easier over time. After sending out query letters to many many publishers and agents and being denied at least forty times so far, I keep going. I’m with a great publisher now and have a great feeling about them, but we’ll see what plays out. I’m excited about the journey. My advice is to keep writing. Even if you don’t feel like it, write anyhow. Read a lot, too. That’s very important, especially in the genre that you write in.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? My best highlights are always when I hear from a fan who absolutely loves my work. I have been told on numerous occasions that what I write has helped or inspired them in some way. That is a true gift and I will never tire of it. I’ve also been told my first novel, Nightmares and Dreams should be made into a movie. Not trying to be too cocky, but I agree. It’s an incredible story. Unfortunately, it isn’t available at the moment, but I do hope to have it back out as well as the sequel soon. I will write the third instalment when that happens.
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? I have a self-published book being released on August 2, and it’s a short story collection of Romance and Inspirational stories. It’s titled Timeless Hope A Collection. I wrote them so it can be read from the ages in the teens on up can enjoy them. My next novel, House of Refuge, an Inspirational Romance is being released on March 21, 2017 by Limitless Publishing. I’m very excited about both of them.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) I’m actually still working on that myself, but don’t give up. Never give up! Take suggestions from others in the publishing field. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and reach out for help and even though it might be hard at times you’ll have to spend a little to grow. Try new avenues and see what happens. Use social media A LOT! Most importantly, never stop writing and working on your dream. Never!
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? Once I get rolling with it the first draft on average about a month or maybe a month and a half. Then of course the real work begins with the revising several times until I’m happy with it. It has taken me close to three months on a first draft though, but not usually that long.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. The cover for Timeless Hope was made by someone I was introduced to from another author friend. I gave her a couple of ideas and she went with it. The others so far I worked with the cover artist back and forth until I liked what they did. It hasn’t been hard and I have been blessed with some great covers so far. I can’t wait to see what Limitless Publishing makes for House of Refuge!
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Well, I don’t actually have a lot of spare time. My passion is writing so I write a lot. If I’m not writing I’m doing some kind of promoting, or helping others promote and I now have two blogs and a newsletter. So, yeah, I’m pretty busy, but I do enjoy going to see a movie from time to time. I guess if I had a girlfriend I would most likely pull myself away from writing as much to spend time with her lol.