1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?
My father ran a weekly newspaper, where I started working as a sportswriter in college. It was then I knew my calling was in journalism.
2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?
Some books take longer than others, of course. I would say two years for Rich and Gone, published in May 2019. The two other Red Farlow mysteries in the series took about nine months each to write.
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?
I left my regular career three years ago to devote my time to writing and marketing my books.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Writing no matter what. If I get up in the morning and don’t feel like writing, I do it anyway. This practice also gets me over writer’s block humps. And, I discovered some new characters and scenes along the way.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
Many ideas just come to me. Others pop up from reading newspaper stories about a murder or serial killer. Anything usual sparks my imagination.
6. When did you write your first book?
During 1988 and 1989.
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?
Walking, hiking, and playing my guitar, but not at the same time.
8. What do your family and close friends think of your writing?
They are very supportive and provide valuable input on characters and plots.
9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?
The innate desire to market and sell the book.
10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
I’ve written and published three novels, and have completed the manuscripts for two others. My favorite thus far is Rich and Gone, Red Farlow Mysteries No. 1 from Tirgearr Publishing.
11. What do you think makes a good story?
A character you love and another you hate and fear. Add to that a story that makes your heart race, or at least flutter a bit.
12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?
Anywhere, although most of my writing is done in my home office.