I’ve been writing for over twenty years. To date, I’ve released two novels that I was willing to stand behind and embarked on a series based on the second novel.
So if I’ve been writing for twenty years, why only two books? The answer to that is two-fold:
1. This is something that I set aside time for around my job, my family, and other commitments. I wrote both of the published works and the second book in the Legion’s Fall series in the front seat of a vehicle. I get up extra early, drive the hour or so to the job site, and write for anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour depending on traffic each morning.
2. I learned to write by writing. I know a lot of people think you need to go to a college or do undergraduate study to learn to write but for me, I learned this the same way as everything else. Gunther’s Daughter started out as The Regent, which I dove back into a year later and rewrote from the first page to the last. When I released it on Smashwords in 2013, it was the only avenue available for an unknown author at the time.
I love writing and I love it when the story takes on a mind of it’s own. For me, the best times are when I’m madly typing as fast as possible while the characters are acting on their own. I have to go back later and edit of course, but some of those rough draft stages can be the most enjoyable of all.
An example of this is in Angel in a Box. Travis and Angel are in the middle of a disagreement and their views of the situation came out while I was sitting in a 1-Ton work truck early in the morning. It was only because of my alarm that I made it into the work trailer on time.
Recently, I’ve started using an app called Voice Dream Reader for editing. The voices are tolerable and I find that it helps me to discover the flow of the story as well as places that need work.
I had a goal of releasing the second novel in the Legion’s Fall series toward the beginning of 2020, but a major health issue set me back for several months. Cancer and chemotherapy will do that.
I write books fit for Teens through Adulthood. I find that bedroom scenes are usually overwritten page-fillers so I don’t bother with them. I also strive toward representing people correctly. Stories with only one color of skin are boring and often very lopsided. The world is full of color, so why shouldn’t stories be full of the same color?
These stories are meant to inspire, to whisk you away from your daily drudgeries on adventure that leaves you hopeful and intrigued. To that end, I hope you’ll take the time to send me a note to tell me if you’ve enjoyed the book you read.