Tell us a little about yourself:
I peaked as a writer at age eight and has been working to regain that fame ever since.
Seriously, in second grade I wrote a play called “Blast Off to Ecaps” that was performed by my class. Fast-forward some 35 years, and I turned the play into the young adult novel of the same title, following it up two years later with “Blast Off to Earth.”
A writing “addict,” I have always used my writing talents throughout my career, which has taken me to successful stints as a marketing and advertising executive.
Now primarily focused on writing, I have authored “Doug Maxwell,” and “Charlie Estrella,” supernatural/superhero novels, a poetry anthology, “Uplifting: Poems of Positivity,” and am constantly working on additional novels and screenplays.
Why Do you write?
I write to give voice to the alter-egos in my head and hopefully, to provide a nice escape to the readers of the world.
What genre do you write and why did you pick this genre?
My genres kind of find me. I write the stories that spring to life in my brain, and they are not necessarily the genres that I choose to read for my pleasure. I have written young adult science-fiction, and supernatural superhero tales, mostly because the stories spoke to me.
Tell us about your book:
I am currently engaged in book three of “The Storm Trilogy.” The working title is “The Terminal Storm.” The first two books, “Doug Maxwell” and “Charlie Estrella” are supernatural superhero novels about a mystical storm that grants special people their greatest wish.
How much time do you dedicate to your author career?
Not enough. I try to write an hour a day. The trick is balancing promotion (especially on social media) and writing. The social media marketing seems to be winning.
How long on average does it take you to write your books?
It depends if I have the story fleshed out in my head. “Ecaps” took three weeks. “Doug Maxwell” took two months. But “Charlie Estrella” was more of a grind, developing the story as I wrote, and it took four months.
What is the best money you have ever spent on your author career?
The best “investment” has been — by far — creating Authors’ Networking Group on Facebook. It has opened doors for me, and for many writers who belong to the group.
What is the toughest part of being an author?
No doubt – sales. I have a publisher, but most of my sales come from my marketing efforts.
What is the best piece of advice you have for other authors?
Keep writing. It is a grind, but it is worth it. The reward comes when you see the results of your creations. And the more you write, the better you become at your craft, and the larger your fan base will grow.
What is your favorite book?
That’s easy — “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom. Followed by “Charlie Estrella” by me. I really love that book.