I didn’t get the compulsion to write until I turned thirty eight, and then it hit me big time. I had so many stories that needed telling. It was like a “calling.”
2: What is your favorite genre to read?
Horror, without a doubt. I read many other genres: mystery, sci-fi, political, history, erotica- the list is long. But horror is where it’s at for me.
3: Who is your favorite author?
The great Edgar Allan Poe! Whether it was poetry or prose, he was the master.
4: What is your all-time favorite book, the one you can read over and over?
“The Old Man And The Sea,” by the great Ernest Hemingway. A short read but a masterful story. I was in my teens when the great man died. I cried.
5: How does it feel to become a published writer? How has your life changed?
I’m still the same me: flawed, always striving to become a better person, not always hitting the target but never giving up. Writing is not the end-all. It is merely a part of life. Love is the most important thing. We can sell a hundred novels, all of them best sellers, and what does it matter if we are alone? I am a very fortunate man. This fall, Yvonne and I will be together. Then I will be truly happy. We are both writers so we will be there for each other.
As far as life changes go, I am busier now than when I was working for the “man,” but I love my job and can do whatever I want whenever I want. I have a strong work ethic and don’t cave in to pressure. It would only be self-imposed anyway.
6: What makes you want to turn pages?
I love to open a book and see a lot of white space: short, crisp paragraphs; sentences of varying length; chapters that hit you with a “what the . . .”; constant flow; descriptions that explain just enough-no over-kill. Dialogue should be spoken like people really talk, and language should be real. If a man’s getting his heart torn out of his chest, he doesn’t say shucks. There must be inner turmoil, hardships, failures, triumphs. And the senses: God, we must more than see. A writer should make us feel, hear, smell, and taste everything.
7: Any writing regrets?
Only that I didn’t start sooner.
8: Do you plan to cross genres?
I already do. Mainly, I pen horror. I also write romantic love poems, adventure stories, mysteries, and non-fiction. Many of these cross over. I don’t believe in strict adherence to specific accepted norms. My stories are mine. I make the decision. For example: I just finished a novel which I’m doing edits on now. It is definitely horror but contains non-fiction, love, sex scenes, and God knows what else thrown in.
9: What inspires you?
Life, death, the interaction between the two. Love, hope. Horror, injustice. In short: everything.