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Where can I purchase a copy of your books?
All three books are available at the California Times Publisher - Los Angeles website:
as well as: Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble Online.
Where did you get the idea for Point Deception?
Like my protagonist I ran away from home, lied about my age, and joined the Coast Guard at 14.
How do you conduct your research?
I'm an avid reader on a huge variety of topics, I'm also fortunate to have a lot of life experience to draw upon, and of course the Internet is the best modern research tool for any aspiring or experienced author.
Would you consider story ideas from outside sources?
Not for myself but I would be glad to work with aspiring young authors to develop their own ideas.
How did you become a published author?
I am an avid reader and I own over 50 books on how to write covering everything from getting the idea, plotting, character development, manuscript format, self-editing, and much, much more. The shop worn cliche that, "Writing is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent prespiration" still holds true.
What authors have most influenced your own particular writing style?
I grew up reading Jack London, Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Kenneth Roberts, Herman Woak, Joseph Heller, Taylor Caldwell, and James Joyce. These days I read Dan Brown, James Patterson, W.E.B. Griffin, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy. I've been influenced by them all and others too numerous to mention; especially Jack London and Kenneth Roberts.
What advice would you give to other aspiring young authors?
First learn the rules of the craft. By that statement, I am not being mean but realistic. This is a tough business and unless you can convience an agent or publisher that you are professional enough to learn the rules they will not take you seriously. Once you've learned the basics then start writing every day and keep writing. Most importantly, you must keep faith with your readers by writing for them and not for yourself.
What is your short definition of good fiction?
It is a simple formula really; character plus conflict equals drama. Drama is the indispensable ingredient for good fiction. Look at the big name authors of today: Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, James Patterson, David Baldacci, and John Grisham, to name only a few. Drama literally jumps off of the pages of their works.
Do you have any plans to adapt Point Deception for the movies or possibly a television mini-series?
As it happens I am in the process of penning a screen play based on the last half of the book when Tim Kelly goes to Vietnam.