San Bernardino, CA
Good morning, JR, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors. Tell us a little about yourself. What have you written?
The latest from Books to Go Now is book two in the “Twisted Family Holidays” series--“Good Friday: Dreams and Nightmares.”
I've read that one, JR. Loved it. My review will be posted here on Thursday, April 16th.
Book one was released the week of Christmas, “The Town Beneath the Christmas Tree.”
That one's on my To-be-read list. I have it on my kindle app.
“In Passing” is the next up. It will be released by Linkville Press Publishing. It is a full-length, paranormal suspense, which promises to be a great read.
I have several other short stories published, including one in the Halloween anthology: “Lost Tales from the Mountain Volume 2,” and two in “In-Flight Magazine” New Year’s (second) issue. I have eight others with Ether Books in England.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I’m not sure I have a favorite genre, except each project seems to have a suspenseful nature to it; and, perhaps, a paranormal element, but not always.
I kind of enjoy my own cooking, next would be a good burger.
I feel the same way! My own cooking is not to greasy, not too spicy, not too bland, not too healthy. Tea or coffee?
Pizza or ice cream?
Wine or beer?
Red and lite
Where would you like to visit?
I would like to visit many places, but Costa Rica is high on my wish list.
Favorite musical artist.
My favorite all time musical group has to be Joy Division. I like alternative, indie and real classics such as the “Nuggets” collection. I do listen to music from time-to-time when I write, and it tends to be indie/alternative.
What makes you laugh?
Good wit and children make me laugh. Modern comedy movies, on the other hand, don’t seem to do it for me.
Favorite work of art or sculpture.
A favorite sculpture of mine would have to be that of David. Because of the history, it is the most intriguing, next to the pyramids and Stonehenge.
I saw the David in person in Florence. Absolutely fantastic. Stonehenge holds a fascination for me, also. How old were you when you started writing?
I started writing as a youth. At about eight years old, I started to enjoy writing and have been doing some sort of dabbling ever since. From song lyrics in high school (never became anything) to a professional book that ended after only five chapters.
Describe your perfect evening.
Wow my perfect evening? I have too many to ideas, but one might include an adult beverage, a warm fire and good company.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspiration from many places. For instance, I got the idea for one of my books in a dream. When I woke up, I wrote a few one-word notes and in the morning it was on. Another time I was inspired by a movie (based on a book), or challenged is more like it. I thought ‘Hey I could do something like that.’ In reality my book is nothing at all like the movie I saw. Another time I was making a CD and added a song by The Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” which inspired “Confederate.” And yet another time, my granddaughter approached me with the question, “Why isn’t there a book about us, (grandchildren)?” “The Town Beneath The Christmas Tree” was born…
I don’t think I’ve experienced traditional writers block. When I’m trying to work out a situation or some dilemma, and am feeling a bit frustrated, I’ll take a break and something usually comes to me.
Who is your favorite author?
I like Dan Brown, Dean Koontz and John Grisham.
Best book you ever read.
The two I’ve read more than once are “Lightning,” by Dean Koontz and “The Client,” by John Grisham.
Last book you read.
The last book was I read was “Cinderella Had It Easy,” a nice read from Jennifer Conner.
What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
My day job is a psychotherapist. I supervise interns at a forensic-psychiatric unit in Pomona, CA; and conduct community therapy with foster kids for a non-profit in the Inland Empire section of CA.
Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
I would have to say my kids and grandkids have had the most influence in my life, because so many of my personal decisions have been made keeping them in mind.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
I’ve become very interested in history, particularly in the US. The one person I’m most interested in talking with, at this point, is probably Thomas Jefferson, in the 1770’s.
What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
I would say that being a writer, and being published, is a blessing, but have a career as well… eating is essential.
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