Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
My belief is that it is impossible to separate your experiences from your writing. I wrote one book, Complicit Witness, that emanated directly from the neighborhood i lived in during my teenage years.
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
Yes. I enjoy listening to good narrators bring the story alive. The flexibility of being able to ‘read’ while driving, or otherwise engaged, is wonderful
What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
I force myself to write even when its not easy. When plot issues arise, as they always do, i find a long walk or drive helps to work things out. As far as reading, I don’t get into slumps though at times, I find it hard to find something that i can quickly submerge into. There seems to be a connection to what i am struggling to write myself.
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
As a reader, I was never drawn to series and thus never considered writing one. However, many author groups detail the benefits of a series and now I have three books completed. It’s too early to tell, as book 2 just released and 3 in editors hands, if there is a benefit besides having a fully fleshed main character! That said, I am aching to get back to a new stand alone idea.
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
The most important aspect I’ve learned is to write consistently. Block time out and start writing. If possible each day but if you can only write a day a week, that’s fine just make sure you do it each week. You will grow as a writer and the words will pile up.
What’s next for you?
My next novel is in my editor’s hands right now, so it will be out in a few months. Next, I am working on two outlines - one for the fourth book in the Luca Mystery Series and the other a Sci-Fi story.