My passion for the written word began at a very early age. I was an avid reader and powered through the classics for fun. I began writing my own stories at around age 7 and continued through most of my young adult life.
Writing took a back seat for many years but now I'm back in the swing of things and writing nearly every free second I have.
I actually completed “A Knight Of The Blood” before “The Harrowing”, which I began writing in 2012. My writing time is often scored by 70’s and 80’s music.
A graduate of LaGrange College, I live with my wife, our two sons, our “psychotic” cat, Snickers, and our newest kitty member, Marley.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I always wanted to be a writer. When I was young I wrote constantly, but then life happened and I let the dream slip away. My wife gave me the encouragement I needed to start writing again and now I know that I’ll never stop.
How long did it take you to write The Harrowing?
Around one year of work went into The Harrowing, from concept to finished novel. I wrote all the time and when I wasn’t writing I was editing.
Are any events in your writing influenced by people or events in your life?
The old saying is that you should write what you know, so many places in my work are based on actual places in my life. I am personally a fan of horror, paranormal and thriller novels, so that constitutes a lot of what I write.
What books or writers have influenced you the most?
J.R.R. Tolkien and Stephen King have had the most impact on my writing.
What are your current projects?
I am in the process of editing A Knight of the Blood and currently writing Harlan’s Mill.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that writing a book is fun but difficult. There is so much more to it than most people realize. I also learned that I have what it takes to finish. Finishing my first novel gave me the confidence to keep going.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t quit. Find someone who will be honest with you about your work and listen to what they say. You have to develop a thick skin if you’re going to be a writer. Don’t quit. Not everyone will like what you write, but if you are happy with it then you are doing fine. Don’t quit.