EVENTS | IN CONVERSATION

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 5, 2022 — 6pm — The Deep Share Podcast with Andy Rouse. 

 

PAST EVENTS

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. 

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IN CONVERSATION 

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How long does it take you to write a novel?

The entire processstart to publicationis about 18 months. Approximately six months to research and outline, six months to write, and another six months to do structural and line editing, and work with my graphic designer on the cover, maps, layout, and 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 . . . 

Favorite movies? 

Although I am a writer I am heavily inspired by film, notably: Jaws, The Thing, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Shawshank Redemption, The Silence of the Lambs, Carlito's Way, The Shining, Apocalypse Now, The Big Blue, Scarface, Dead Calm, The Abyss, Heat, Miami Vice, The Godfather, Night Moves, The Deep, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Wild Things, L.A. Confidential, Key Largo, Bad Lieutenant . . .

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 at home. 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, or lounge poolside outlining and plotting future projects.  In the evenings my wife and I relax with a movie—and lots of snacks! 

What does your workstation consist of? 

I use a Vari sit/stand desk, Secretlab Titan chair, Ergodriven standing mat, and a LG 27" 4K monitor. 

Are you a plotter or pantser? 

Definitely a hardcore plotter all the way! 
 

What are you currently working on? 

I'm writing my second novel, Hurricane Hole, publishing on Dec. 8, 2022. I've also just 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 and creation. 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 at all times—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.

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