Why did you choose the broad spectrum of Speculative Fiction as your preferred genre?
I didn't choose it, it chose me.
Is it true you hide references to The Twilight Zone in all of your stories?
Yes. I do it to pay homage to Rod Serling and his influential show, plus it's fun for fans of The Twilight Zone to find them. I also tipped my hat to George Orwell and his book 1984 by placing several Easter Eggs in my short fiction story, The Visitor.
Are you an outliner or a seat-of-the-pants writer?
Totally a pantser. Without question. Outlining stifles my creativity.
Are you a morning writer, a middle-of-the day writer, or a late night writer?
All of the above. Life hasn't afforded me the luxury of having a routine so I write when I can and whenever the opportunity arises.
When writing, do you prefer silence or music?
I can write in silence and with music, although I find myself most often using music to drown out ambient background sounds (especially since there's rarely ever true silence in my house).
Your stories contain very minimal violence, zero sex scenes, and no profanity. That is rare for books in today's world. Why have you chosen to break from the norm?
I'm a strong proponent of less is more. I believe the substance of a story and the quality of the storytelling should stand on their own without the need to be salacious or to shock the reader with the glorification of depravity. There once was a time in books, television, and movies where, if a touchy scene was necessary for the story, it would be implied without the need to go into explicit detail. I miss those days.
What's the greatest piece of writing advice you've ever received?
Write now, edit later. If you refuse to move on from the first page until it's perfect, a month from now you may have a well polished page, but that's all you'll have. Instead, get it all out now, then go back and edit. My first drafts are always hot, steaming piles of garbage, but the real magic happens during editing.
What's your least favorite part of the writing process?
Marketing. I hate trying to convince people to buy my books. And it's not just because it makes me feel like a used car salesman; the process takes so much time away from writing.
If you could tell your readers anything, what would it be?
I'd first tell them thank you for reading my books. I'd also tell them to please not forget to leave a review. Getting reviews from readers is so important, and it's the best way to tell an author thank you, yet it's the one gesture that's most neglected.
What can readers expect from you next?
My next short story collection, What Lurks Beneath, is scheduled for a 2023 release (Lord willing). Then in 2024, I hope to release my book The Red Bridge.
When not writing, what are your hobbies?
I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, kayaking, and fishing.
Do you possess any hidden talents?
I can beatbox, I can do a decent Edith Bunker impersonation, and I can polish off an entire tray of tiramisu in one sitting.
And finally, the most important question: Coffee or tea?