Yes, there is a story. I live near
. A little over a year
ago, statistics collected by the media said that the greater Seattle,
Washington area was the worst place in the
nation for child sex trafficking. My wife and I attended a local awareness
meeting that painted a very ugly picture of what is happening at the mall, on
street corners near schools, anywhere kids gather. I played around with the
idea of taking my hero and heroine from Hide and Seek and placing them in a
situation where they had to choose between coasting safely from courtship a
wonderful life together and risking it all to try to save a group of girls who
were going to be sold by international human traffickers. From that idea, the
plot for On the Pineapple Express was born. Seattle
What’s your favorite genre of writing?
I like action, danger, and suspense. My favorite genres to read or write are high-action romantic suspense or thrillers with a romantic thread.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
I do believe that writers sometimes find they simply cannot write when they want to write, or should be writing. In my own life I’ve observed a pattern for more than 45 years. When my mind reaches a certain state of fatigue, it doesn’t want to obey my command to write or perform any other mentally taxing activity. If I let it have its way, my mind will gravitate toward some relaxing activity and, following a bit of fun time, I’m ready to write again. But if I disregard the “block” and try to force the writing, the words soon slow to a trickle and the quality is terrible.
Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I do all of the above, except the typewriter. Ever since college, when I was completing a term paper and the final two words simply wouldn’t fit on what I wanted to be the last page, I’ve hated the typewriter. The two words that wouldn’t fit were “foolish mistake.” I left them as two abandoned orphans on a page by themselves. My professor laughed when she read the last page. She put something like the precursor to LOL on my paper and reduced my A to a B+.
My favorite mode of writing first drafts is sitting in the sun with a spiral notebook and a handful of my favorite mechanical pencils. I use Dragon Naturally Speaking to dictate my drafts onto the computer. But there’s something else I hate almost as much as the typewriter … homonyms. Dragon loves them, but MS Word’s spell checker couldn’t give a hoot. It just ignores them. But I hate those slippery little demons.
Do you archive everything you write?
Yes. I continually backup my data in near-real-time. Then I have 3 flash drives each with a copy of my entire body of writing work on them. I update each flash drive at 3- or 4-day intervals using a batch program that I wrote. Call me paranoid. If it has to do with data on a hard drive, I am.
What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Fantasy. I have written a highly allegorical child’s novel that could perhaps be called fantasy. But I simply do not enjoy creating story worlds that have a zero probability of existing. I want my readers to say, “This could really happen. I wouldn’t want it to happen to me … at least not all of it. But, still, it could happen.”
What are your five favorite words?
The book contract is attached.
Love that answer! How many writing projects are you working on right now?
I’m working on three: evaluating a completed manuscript for a potential rewrite, doing final polishing on another, editing the first draft of a third manuscript. I’m afraid those sweet days of working only on that first manuscript are gone forever.
Where do you most like to write?
Anywhere where there’s warm sunshine. My writing rate goes up by a factor of when I’m sitting in the sunshine. I wrote 27 of the 31 chapters in my first manuscript in 7 days sitting on the sunny shores of
one spring—I should add, after the college spring breaks had ended. During spring
break, they rename Lake Havasu to Lake
You really don’t want to be there at that time. If you don’t believe me, try
searching YouTube for “spring break at Lake Havawhatever .”
On second thought, just take my word for it. Lake Havasu
But the sunshine thing begs the question, “Why do I live near
?” The answer is simple, grandkids.
The solution to the gloom is pretty simple too, Starbucks. But I’m not telling
how much I put on my gold card each month. Seattle
Do you have a mentor?
Not exactly, but I have a critique group consisting of two other authors I know I can trust to tell me the truth about my writing.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Book 3 in the Pure Genius Series, Moon over
will release on Maalaea Bay June 13,
2014. The story picks up about 5 hours after On the Pineapple
Express ends. I can’t say why it begins there without introducing a huge
spoiler. Book 3 is set entirely in Maui and it
involves an international human-trafficking ring, their rich, powerful clients,
kidnapping, espionage —you know … your usual fare for a Maui
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