I aspired to be a writer, before I realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, I’d already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise Casey might never have seen print. I have no idea where exactly any writing skills I may possess came from, only that Finding Forrester served as an inspiration for me and gave me a new outlook on crafting a story. But what I can tell you is that my writing grew from my love for the written word and for music. I never would have started down the writing path, were it not for my parents and some serious help from God, who has, and continues to bless my life, in many more ways than I deserve. And if not for the fine and dedicated folks at Rainbow Books, Casey never would have seen print. I do hope you enjoy Falling Immortality as much as I enjoyed writing it, and I hope we will have many more adventures together.
Now to the questions!
1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I lived in West Virginia for the first twenty-two years of my life, before I decided it might be fun to live in new areas and reinvent myself. Since then, I’ve lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, and now I reside in New Mexico.
It took me about eleven years to publish my first novel, which means I’m either a bad writer, a highly persistent one, or that I had the writer gene in there somewhere, and I just needed the proper motivation, and to write a bunch of crap before I could write anything good.
2) What do you do when you are not writing?
Also, my wife and I are doing our best to singlehandedly keep Netflix in business. We have both the streaming and DVD mail-in option. Traveling and golf are a couple of our favorite pastimes, although neither of us has picked up a golf club in more than a year. A sad, sad day, especially since Albuquerque is known for its 300+ days of sunshine.
3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
4) Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
As for the book itself, it’s what Stephen King in an Entertainment Weekly article has referred to as MANfiction. Casey Holden, former cop, current PI in Virginia Beach, VA, screens his clients the way he screens his women, based on whichever drop-dead gorgeous woman happens to waltz through his door first and manages to hold his attention. So when Felicity Farren, widow-at-large, struts into his office asking him to solve the two-year-old murder of her husband Artis, she intrigues him. When Casey starts digging, he learns the murder isn’t what it seems to be and he doesn’t have a big enough shovel to unearth the truth. And to top it all off, his former rival at the police department, Greg Gilman, is determined to disrupt his investigation. Casey's challenge is to learn what really happened to Artis, and why Gilman can’t seem to remove his head from his butt. And he’ll need all of his wits to complete the task.
5) I love that it has been termed MANfiction. Can you describe what that means?
6) Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
7) How did you come up with the title?
8) What project are you working on now?
Right now, though, I’m working on a thriller with a serial killer. It’s been done before, probably a bit overdone, but I like to think I have a new and interesting take on this overdone topic.
9) Will you have a new book coming out soon?
10) What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author. What has been the best component? What inspires you to keep writing?
The polar opposite end of the spectrum: when I inspire a reader to want to read more of my work, or other authors in the mystery/detective genre. That’s better than staring at a five foot tall ice cream sundae.
Simply love of the craft. It’s really not much more complicated than that.
11) Tell us about your characters. Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others? Do your characters help make the plots or do you have to coax the plot out of your characters? Are any of your characters based on friends, acquaintances, etc., or are they purely fictional?
12) Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Thank you Robert!