1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.
I am a writer from Atlanta, Georgia. I have been writing novels, comics, and short stories for years. In recent years, I have also dabbled in writing screenplays and audio dramas. As far as hobbies, I buy too many books and watch too much TV. I like to draw and do that from time to time. I also dabble in acting, though not as much as I'd like.
2. When and why did you start writing books?
My first love was comic books. I wanted to draw them. Sadly, it turns out that my art isn't quite where it needs to be to make this happen, but I did enjoy writing the stories and focused on that aspect instead and eventually sold my first comic script. Then one day, I said, "I think I'll write a novel!" It's been pretty busy ever since.
3. What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?
I love what I do. Learning that I could be aid to do it was simply icing on the cake. It's a lot of work, being a full-time writer, but I love it and work very hard to tell the best stories I can and get them in front of readers.
4. Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?
Oh, that's like asking me to pick a favorite kid. The answer changes all the time, but Evil Ways is still a favorite because it was my first published novel. Had it failed, I might not have attempted another. I love revisiting the characters in my books. I love spending time with Abraham Snow, Tom Myers, and Domino Lady (and I didn't even create her).
5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?
They all have their own unique challenges. Suicide Bomb took a little over a decade to finish. Not because it was hard, but because other work kept getting in the way. I'm working on a book at the moment that hasn't been announced yet so I can't say the title, but I am really late on it because the story did not want to work. I did a lot of rewrites, replotting, and starting from scratch before the story started to gel. Once it started coming together, the writing picked up. Thankfully, the publisher understood what was happening and we were able to readjust the deadline. I like to try and stretch the type of stories I tell. Sometimes, I experiment to see if it works or not. Returning to Sheriff Tom Myers and his deputies after ten years for In The Wind and the upcoming Such A Night was tough at first. It had been so long since I had known those characters, but once I got reacquainted, it was like they'd been with me all along.
6. Who is your favourite author and book?
I never miss a Michael Connelly novel. Same with Alex Kava, Beverly Conner, the late, great Stephen J. Cannel, Ed Brubaker, and plenty more I could list. I don't have a favorite book. I like a lot of books and revisit some. I don't have one that I point to and say "this is it" though.
7. What book are you reading right now?
I just started The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly.
8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?
Inspiration is everywhere. Driving through town, people watching, stories in the news, all of these things can inspire story idea. I keep my ears, eyes, and imagination open for those moments.
9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
What is this spare time thing of which you speak? Usually, if there's down time, I read, watch TV, or grab a nap. Naps are nice.
10. Do you have any new books in the works?
Always. Finished and in the production queue are Snow Down (Snow book 6), a few Snow Short stories, & Such A Night (Tom Myers book 2). On tap for 2022 are Evil Intent (Harold Palmer book 2), Deadly Deals! (Bartlett & West book 2), Lance Star: Sky Ranger "Cold Snap!" (Lance Star book 8), Snow Hunt (Snow book 7), Standing on the Shadows (Tom Myers book 3), Hunter Houston and The Midnight Man (Houston book 2), and various things already turned in to publishers that haven't been announced yet. 2022 is looking to be a busy year.