Here’s the next author in the spotlight series. Don’t forget, you can get involved and interview on my blog by popping over here.
Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
Unsure of his niche in life, 21-year old Gabriel goes in search of adventure. Upon entering the maze, his adventure begins and his destiny to become the new keeper of the maze is realized. Keeping him company on this journey is a persistent, nagging voice in his head which gets him into more trouble than out. Along the way, Gabriel befriends a killer, escapes an arranged marriage, and fights for his life against Jaguar Warriors. Would he do it all again? You bet!
What was the inspiration for this story?
I am a big fan of fantasy series and I have spent an unacceptable amount of time inside my own head, talking to myself. Figured there’s a story in there somewhere. This is where ‘the voice’ originated.
Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
I’m organized and unorganized all at the same time. I never force myself to write; it has to come naturally or it jumbles into a mess that even I can’t understand. Since I write whatever pops into my head, I’ve become a multi-genre author. The Keeper, Book 1 of The Maze Series, is my first published novel in adventure/fantasy and I hope to have Underwater City Book 2, published by the end of 2015. I’ve also written a dark comedy titled Gold Dust and a comedy titled Pawper to Pedigree. I have too many ideas and not enough time.
What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
Making the time to write while promoting my first book, editing and re-editing my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th books, social networking, updating my web page, blogging. I’m sure there are other things in there too, but I’ve lost my mind at the moment and I don’t think it’s coming back anytime soon cause the suitcases are gone.
Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
I don’t even know where to begin. Since I have no time to actually read a book that I haven’t written or am writing, I get my reading through audio books that I borrow from my local library. I’m lucky that my day job is so boring they let us listen to whatever at work. I have, literally, listened to thousands of books in the 24 years I’ve been there. I have spread sheets on excel of authors I’ve listened to, liked, disliked, etc. so I can keep them straight. Now if you asked me who are my 3 favorite authors, that’s easy. Everything Janet Evanovich, Tim Dorsey; love that Serge, Diana Gabaldon; the Outlander Series. There are many others, but these are top on my list.
How important do you think a book’s cover is?
I’m a very visual person, especially when it come to color or something that really stands out and catches my eye. Covers that visually stimulate will entice a reader to pick a book up and read the cover to see what it is about. Then it is up to the author’s writing style to capture a reader’s interest enough to draw them into the body of the book.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
Janet Evanovich. She’s hilarious! I love to laugh. Can you tell?