Tell us a bit about yourself
All my life I wanted to write, and tell stories. For most of it I made excuses not to do so, so I’m a late bloomer. I was in my wild days a rock guitarist, poet, songwriter, and gave it all up for love. Then I was busy raising children, renovating houses and working sixty plus hours a week. I will always be grateful to my wife for buying me a laptop and telling me “no more excuses, go and write that damn book,” when I pestered her once too often about an idea I had for a story. Sometimes, I think she regrets that now as book number nine is contracted and nearing completion.
There are two fabulous things about being an author, for me. Number 1: the inborn need to tell a story, and if I can entertain a reader for a while; take them out of their day to day lives and take them to a place inside my imagination, well that’s just about heaven. Number 2: When someone does read one of my books, and takes the time to post a review, send me an email, or stop me at a party to talk about the characters I’ve created for their enjoyment…… Well, I tell you, there ain’t enough money in the world to buy that feeling. Is that egotistical? Probably.
How do you find time to write?
The main protagonist and my favorite character of all time of my creation, Jenny in Thirty Three Days says at one point, “Ah, if only there was more time.” Now in her case, the book is about time travel and trying to save the world, and she only has thirty-three days to do it. But for me the line sums up my writing – if ONLY I had more time to write. Ideas rattle around in my head all the time, and when I get ‘in the zone’ I don’t want to stop for anything, but sadly, I have to; real life gets in the way. The solution, for me, was said to me once by one of my old bosses: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it; they will make time.” – that sums up my writing, I’m so busy, but I always make time to write, because its my passion. I work for a living, but write for a passion.
What’s your publishing tips?
Write from your heart, and edit with your head. To complete a first draft of a novel is a celebration – lots of people will never get that far. Know that in that form, it is the worst it will ever be. From there is up, up, up as it gets better. I personally never do less that five rewrites, before I let anyone else see the MS.
Being an author means never giving up. Life is full of rejection. Especially being Australian, it is impossible to get an agent – the few we have are all too busy unless you’ve already written a bestseller. The big agencies overseas are not that keen either, which I can understand. Receiving a pile of rejections doesn’t mean you can’t write, but I do believe they make you better at your craft.
Any promotional and marketing tips?
Sadly, writing a book and completing it is just the beginning. Then comes getting it published and that is not easy. But then, when all that is done and you get your cover art and final edited rounds completed and released, then the hard work comes – promoting it. I don’t have any magic formulas, but Twitter announcements, appearing on fellow authors blogs (like this one) Facebook parties etc all help to build a profile. And if you can get some good reviews, that helps enormously too.
Tell us about your recent book.
Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer is Book 1 of the Deadly Glimpses Trilogy and has just been released by The Wild Rose Press. The three books tell the story of four people and the effects of desire between the two central characters, a married twenty year veteran cop, and a married glamorous Criminal Psychologist he is paired with. Each book is a stand alone story of them investigating three different serial killers, while the desire between them grows, as does the effect on their marriages. Book 2 has just passed it’s final editing round and should be released within two months, while the explosive finale should be out within six months.
Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer:
In Perth, Australia, 1999, Sergeant Rick McCoy investigates the murder of a woman found butchered and packed inside a suitcase, left at the Midland Dump.
The Killer then abducts another victim and threatens to dismember her slowly and send Rick a piece of her each day he goes uncaught. Rick's life is further complicated by a marriage in tatters after an affair he had. With the approaching end of the millennium, and the threat of computers shutting down due to the Y2K bug, his wife Juliet relents and forgives him.
Frustrated at every turn in his investigation, he is paired with glamorous Criminal Psychologist and profiler, Patricia Holmes, and the mutual attraction is instantaneous.
While trying to rebuild his marriage, he finds himself in a desperate race against time to free the victim and fight his desire for his new partner. They are pitted against a narcissistic sociopath, capable of extreme cunning and strategical planning, who seeks revenge against Rick for a wrong in his troubled childhood.
Available via Amazon, check it out here: http://a.co/d/g3BXX1t
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Anything else you would like to add
I’d like to thank my fellow Wild Rose Press, and fellow Aussie, author Liv for having me on board. It’s been a pleasure sharing some thoughts with you, I wish you lots of success with your upcoming release. I always respond to emails, so if anyone would like to chat more, drop me a line. I also can provide personally signed books of mine via my website.
Merry Christmas to all and your families
Groot the puppy, my faithful companion, sits by my side while I write my stories.