EVENTS | IN CONVERSATION
February 2023: (Date/time TBA) — Reading from Hurricane Hole followed by a Q&A at Lemon Bay Fest. Free ebook copies of Hurricane Hole and Snowblind are being given away! Signed print copies for sale: $20 (cash/credit). Address: Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL.
January 14, 2023: 11am — Signing for Hurricane Hole at Culture Coffee. Signed print copies for sale: $20 (cash/credit). Address: 405 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL.
December 6, 2022: Hurricane Hole publishes!
May 21, 2022: 8am to 9am — WENG 98.1FM The Boating Life show with Captain Tom Healey and Captain J. McLaughlin.
February 5, 2022: 10:30am — Reading from Snowblind followed by a Q&A at Lemon Bay Fest. Free ebook copies of Snowblind are being given away! Address: Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL.
January 5, 2022: Front page interview with The Daily Sun newspaper.
December 11, 2021: 11am to 12pm — Signing for Snowblind and Midnight Pass at Cherokee Park, aboard the tritoon Island Hopper. Address: 61 Cherokee Street, Englewood, FL.
August 28, 2021: 10am to 12pm — Signing for Snowblind at Lemon Bay Park Pavilion. Address: 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL.
How long does it take you to write a novel?
The entire process—start to publication—is about 18 months. Approximately six months to research and outline, six months to write, another six months to do structural/line/copy editing, and work with my graphic designer on the cover, maps, and interior formatting.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Wilbur Smith, John. D. MacDonald, James A. Michener, Clive Cussler, Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Harris, Stephen King, Lawrence Block, Tom Clancy, Sidney Sheldon, Lee Child, Agatha Christie . . .
Although I am a writer and avid reader I am heavily inspired by film, notably:
Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Shawshank Redemption, Double Indemnity, The Silence of the Lambs, Dead Calm, Carlito's Way, The Shining, Apocalypse Now, Sorcerer, Scarface, Thief, Heat, Miami Vice, The Godfather, Night Moves, The Long Hot Summer, Body Heat, The Deep, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, L.A. Confidential, Key Largo, Bad Lieutenant, The Thing . . .
Favorite genres to read and watch?
Adventure, mystery, crime, thriller.
What does your typical writing day look like?
Unless I'm traveling, I keep a somewhat structured daily routine. I work in the mornings—either writing or editing, depending on where I am in the process—for about 5 or 6 hours. After lunch I like to spend time outside, get in a workout, head out on the water, and work again outlining and plotting future projects. In the evenings my wife and I relax with a movie or show—and lots of snacks!
Are you a plotter or pantser?
Definitely a hardcore plotter—all the way!
What are you currently working on?
I've just published my second novel, Hurricane Hole on Dec. 6, 2022, and I've finished outlining a third novel, Devilfish Key, targeting to publish summer 2023.
Any tips for those starting out?
Even though I have been working on some of these projects for more than half a decade now, I feel I am still just starting out myself! Without question, writing a novel is a challenging, lengthy, and nerve-racking process, that requires serious commitment. For many, including myself, the blank page of "Day 1" can be the toughest part. You're going to spend months alone at a keyboard engaged in a world and characters of your own design. Fortunately I find the daily creative progress of working on and completing a novel a ton of fun and extremely rewarding.
1. Read voraciously.
2. Write consistently.
3. Get started—and then keep the ball rolling.
4. Always have a notepad with you—you never know when a fantastic idea is going to hit!
5. Keep lots of snacks close by—I love cold brew coffee and dark chocolate.
What shark is your favorite? (I get asked this one a lot . . .)
It's hard to choose as the species are all so unique, but the great hammerhead is my favorite shark, a gorgeous and captivating animal. I also admire the mako, great white, thresher, and oceanic whitetip.
Shortfin Mako I photographed off Rhode Island. "Blue Dynamite!"