Could you tell us a little bit about
I am a technology
professional by day and writer/publisher by night. Very much like a
b-list super hero. When it comes down to it all, I enjoy spending time with my
family more than anything else. When I'm writing, I always put character
development first… I think that if a reader can identify with a character and
become invested in that character they will enjoy the ride through the book
that much more. When I'm creating the characters, I tap into the things
that I feel and consider with my family and inject them into that character or
moment. I think it adds some solid drama and authenticity to the
Describe your book ‘Sands Of Time’ in 30
words or less.
Sands of Time is a
reclamation journey of one man. It is as much about his family as it is
about saving himself and his eternal soul.
What was the hardest part of writing your
The hardest part of
the process for me — for any book — is devoting the time. My writing
process is very singularly focused. My mind is in that scene… or in that
character at that moment and when the fingers are flying across the keyboard
any interruption puts that moment... That scene… that emotion in jeopardy.
When I get distracted mid-though, it takes me a few moments to refocus
and get back into that zone I was in to try and keep the flow and consistency
in that scene.
What books have had the greatest influence on
My biggest influences
come from a combination of Hamlet by Shakespeare, Turn of the Screw by Henry
James, Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Elvis Cole novels by
Briefly share with us what you do to market
Marketing is a tricky
thing and sites like Freado are incredible resources for authors and publishers
to reach potential readers with new and innovative tools to make people
consider your book. I have a web site, a presence on Facebook, Twitter,
GoodReads and other social media outlets. I have done radio
interviews, taught classes on writing and other personal appearances.
I've found that a good conversation with a reader at a signing goes
further that anything you can do online to gain a fan — not just a reader but a
fan. A reader buys one book... A fan waits for that next book.
How do you spend your time when you are not
I'm a pretty busy
guy. I run Bucks County Publishing, concentrate on my writing, spend time
with my wife and children, play and teach guitar.
What are you working on next?
I have two irons in
the fire currently. I'm working on the sequel to Sands of Time entitled
To Hell and Back. And I'm also working on a hard-boiled detective novel,
A Philadelphia Story that is due out late summer/early fall this year.