Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I started writing at 12, and have written a lot of YA books for Amazon about tough situations facing kids today, but my latest is for older teens through adulthood and is a fanfic/transformative work of fiction.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Once I start a story or book, I work straight through until it's finished, usually, or I take a break halfway. I don't like to break the flow.
What authors have influenced you?
Edgar A. Poe, some of the classics, and some newer writers too, like Cormac McCarthy. EL James started as a fanfic writer, so I'm interested in hearing about her new works.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Tell your story your way, and this is how your unique style is developed. Keep your writing tight, move it along with dialogue and situations. Don't get so close to your characters that you can't change their paths or their stories. Don't be afraid to make your readers cry, laugh, or rage.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Less is more.
What are you reading now?
I'm not reading anything right now, I'm mainly promoting and doing interviews.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Impatience. And wanting to do everything myself instead of accepting help.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Besides the King James Bible, it would be The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I'm not sure what my writing style is, but I am sure that my work as a social worker has influenced or inspired it. And the fact that I like to hurry up and get something done so I can move on to the next one. Is this why I like shorter works? Could be.
What are you working on now?
I just finished my newest and final book, a transformative, fanfic-like series called Starsky and Hutch Next Gen. It's a big what-if scenario. What if a Starsky and Hutch reboot started with a book? What if it were about their sons instead? The legend continues, but in its own unique, original way.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I have different ways, but I prefer interviews and call-in discussions when asked, or social media.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I've been a writer for 17 years, so I'm thinking that 2020 will be my year to retire.
Do you write graphic novels or comic books?
Yes, I created a few fan comics that I called grafics for the Starsky and Hutch fandom, and some fan art in a graphic novel, noir comic style with a Sharpie. Some of those can be viewed at my DeviantArt page. Since I am legally blind now, however, I can't sketch anymore. But no worries. I still have the sketches.
How well do you work under pressure?
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
It depends on the kind of story I'm telling, what the characters are about, what the plot is. For example, if my character is confused, frightened, or angry, I definitely want to use that sort of tone.
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