Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
is my second novel and a third novel "The Illusion of Certainty" will
be published in August. I live on the Puget Sound in Edmonds,
Washington, just north of downtown Seattle. I retired from
corporate life in 2008 and have been concentrating on writing since then. I
live with my wife, Carol and have three married adult children and ten
Describe your book ‘Expiation’ in 30 words or less.
"Expiation" is about a young man who
leaves his high school sweetheart to pursue a newspaper career in San Francisco. Thirty
years later he is reunited with his long lost love.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think developing characters is sometimes
difficult but very time consuming. It is also one of the most rewarding parts
of the writing experience. The other aspect of being a writer is that I feel I
have natural talent to write...marketing books, not so much.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
I love the books of Pat Conroy, Michael
Connelly and I love good biographies. I relate very much to Pat Conroy's
background and I really pay attention to his descriptions of his locations in Charleston and elsewhere
in the South. "To Kill A Mockingbird," "Crime and Punishment"
and "War and Peace" are absolute works of art.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
I have had about eight book signings. I find them
interesting but somewhat unnerving. I feel like I am having more success with
social networking. I have an active blog and am very involved on Twitter and
Facebook. On Twitter I write about politics but network with many writers
groups and literary blogs. I think I'm being successful in that arena and I am
planning extensive marketing efforts to emphasize e books.
How do you spend your time when you are not
where I live on the Puget Sound and just two
blocks from the beach. I spend a lot of time walking and outdoors. I run every
day along the waterfront. It is a wonderful time of solitude plus good
What are you working on next?
My next book is "The Illusion of
Certainty" and will be available in August. I'm very excited about this
book. It deals with the uncertainties in our lives. The characters in the book
think they control the events of their lives and then suddenly unexpected
events occur which rock their lives. Uncertainty is always a part of our lives
but we just either choose to ignore it or do not recognize it. The story has
two parallel storylines which merge in the final part of hte novel. I will
probably begin work on my fourth novel this winter.