Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been a high school guidance counselor for twenty-five years all at the same school in Utah. I have enjoyed coaching high school wrestling, cross-country, and girl’s golf. I used to be an avid runner with 28 marathons under my belt. I swapped my running shoes for a road bike about three years ago (knees were starting to complain) and have enjoyed the change. I, like most writer’s am an avid reader, enjoy taking long walks, am an avid cd and album collector, love debating top five lists with my brother, and believe that Queen is the greatest rock concert I ever saw when I was sixteen at the Oakland Arena in California. I have written only one book, The Box, with the second book in the series currently in the works. I live with my wife, children, two cats, and my 10 year old Great Dane, Dan.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my only book is The Box: A Time Travel Sci-Fi Thriller. The plan is for a sequel, though there may very well be a book three. I have had the idea for The Box for about fifteen years, and even started writing it about seven years ago, but as with most things, life got in the way and I shelved if until 2021. But the story never left me and so I started writing in earnest, with the goal being to write 300 pages and call it good. Well, 300 soon turned into nearly 600, and…well, the rest is history. The story developed from a simple idea: What if there was an ancient equation that a boy solves and it leads him to a time traveling device. That was it. From there, the story took off. And though it fits in the sci-fi genre, it is also packed with action, deception, historical characters, Aliens and First Inhabitants, and supernatural elements.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have always read that it is necessary to write everyday. That’s not me. If I don’t feel the “bug” I may trudge through a paragraph or two before I shut it down. I try not to force the writing process. I also do not outline my stories. I have a rough idea in my head and I go from there, adding and deleting as I go. I also usually write approximately 100 pages and then go back and read/re-write those pages before moving on. I feel this helps me keep the story straight in my head and also helps with continuity and flow.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m not certain that there are books that have influenced me, but there are certainly authors whose writing style I enjoy or whose books I have enjoyed for one reason or another. I love Cormac McCarthy, early Stephen King, the early books of Dennis Lehane, and Toni Morrison. Some of my favorite books are Beloved, The Road, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, IT, and City of Thieves.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on boo two of The Box series, tentatively titled, The Equation. I also, have about fifty pages of a coming of age YA novel about a female wrestler navigating her first season as a wrestler on the boys wrestling team and the relationship she develops with the head coach’s son, a returning state champion, who is dealing with mental health challenges.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am new at the promoting game. Until now it’s all been word of mouth and postings on my Facebook author page and Instagram, which I knew nothing about until three weeks ago.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just Write! The story will come.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To complete book two of The Box series.
What is your favorite book of all time?
If I had to pick one, which is extremely difficult to do, I would say The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I thought it was a very powerful story of the choices a father makes to protect his son. As a father, it really spoke to me.
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