Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a full time job?
I work a forty hour week for a livin’ just to send it on down the line.
When do you write?
Whenever I get a free moment. I work nights so I mostly write on the weekends while my family sleeps.
What is your goal?
Before I wrote Exodus From the Seven Cities, I told a good friend of mine who is also an aspiring author that my goal was to produce quality entertainment, not the next great American novel. When someone reads my book I want them to say, “That was a damn good story.” That’s my goal; anything more is just icing on the cake.
When is the next book in the series coming out?
I am writing as fast as possible! You can receive more frequent updates about my progress by signing up for my newsletter. If you write a review of any of my work I will send you a free short story set in the Seven Cities world.
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What was your inspiration for writing the Seven Cities Saga
I am a lifelong enthusiast of all things gritty. As a kid, I used to go to my friend Mike’s house, whose father had a huge VHS collection. We were allowed to watch any movie we wanted, except the movies in the locked wooden cabinet. Every now and then, we would ask Mike’s dad if we could watch something from the cabinet. When we were really young he would tell us no, but as time passed and we approached middle school, more often than not he would tell us yes.
Inside that cabinet were the best movies and it’s not what you’re thinking; it wasn’t porn. Instead, we watched Terminator, Predator, Alien, and countless others. All movies I consider to be the great action movie classics. The films introduced from the cabinet in Mike’s basement are movies I still love today. All of the characters had grit, sprinkled with a raw determination to win. Most of them weren’t bad asses when compared to what they were up against. Reese against a terminator? Ripley, a Merchant Marine warrant officer, against the Alien? Arnold against the predator? Their chances were slim to none but they still never gave up.
One day we asked to watch Dawn of The Dead. I distinctly remember three photographs on the cover of the tape showing a sick man getting up out of bed. Little did I know the man was a zombie. We watched the movie that night; I’ve been a zombie connoisseur ever since.
What is your favorite book?
This is a tough question because there are so many great books out there. I am a lifelong reader. If I really get pressed for an answer, I would have to say Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. I read Ender’s Game in high school and was enthralled by the world he created. Ender’s Game has everything I love about a book: an epic plot, a reluctant hero, and a main character who refuses to play by the established rules.
A close second is The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch. The characters in this book are good at things because they work for it, not because they’re naturally gifted or lucky or because they’re somehow fated to be the best. No character has it all.
Who is your favorite author?
Hands down, Orson Scott Card. For one thing, he wrote my favorite book. The second reason I’m a huge fan of his, is that a number of years ago I wrote to him and asked for writing advice and he actually took the time to respond. I asked him what I should do about feeling self-conscious when I write. I said that even though I had ideas for books, I always had an overwhelming feeling of dread when it came to putting words on paper. OSC wrote back and essentially told me to get over myself because it doesn’t matter what other people think. I took his advice. Without Orson Scott Card there would be no Seven Cities saga.
Orson Scott Card has published more than fifty books, yet he took the time out of his busy day to reply to a person who was too self-conscious to write more than a few sentences before giving up.