What is your path to publication -- how did you become an author?
I was a nonfiction author before my mystery series saw the light of day. After many years of writing technical papers in my career as a handwriting expert, in 1999 I had the opportunity to write The Complete
My novel Thin Luck started as a confluence of three things: my first mystery conference, Bouchercon in Albany, NY, my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month, and reading Stephen King’s On Writing. At Bouchercon, I attended a ton of panels and talks. My head was buzzing during the three-day
I never thought I’d write mysteries.
The only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do is write, though, and I read mysteries from a very early age. I especially loved the U.K. authors: mid-century ones like Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Michael Innes, and Mary Stewart; more modern ones like Phil
Having written both a nonfiction book and a fiction book about gangs, people often ask me why gangs? I first encountered gangs as a young newspaper reporter in New Jersey, when I was assigned to write a story about a notorious motorcycle gang delivering Christmas toys to a local hospital.
I think I write because I tend to live inside my head, always thinking up stories about everything I see or hear around me. I also have a fondness for drawing, which, oddly enough, certainly lead me to writing: drawing is simply yet another way to write stories.
I recently used
Every author has been asked: Where do you get your ideas? The short answer is: Everywhere. Something you see or read germinates an idea and a story unfolds. Sometimes the story comes together quickly, but most often weeks of building mental scenes and snippets of dialog, setting, and action must
For as long as I can remember I’ve always had stories swirling in my head. It was natural for me to get lost in the lives of make-believe people who experienced heart stopping love or dangerous adventures. I think most writers understand this.
I was in my mid twenties when I
I have published four books so far: Taking Lives, (August 2014) a prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives, (November 2015) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; Shattered Lives, (March 2015), Splintered Lives (November 2015) all in the thriller/mystery genre, and each has garnered outstanding reviews. Previously, I had a