1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now?
I have spent my whole life except during college, in the Metro New York City area – Connecticut, New York City, New Jersey.
2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your latest work in progress?
The book is tentatively titled Having a Positive Impact During Uncertain Times and it is my attempt to help people deal with all the negative that is impacting them at this time.
3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?
Many, many. Claudia Gentner, Orville Pierson, Darren Mileto, Cindy Ravines, Paul Gorrell, Arthur Atlas, CC Clark, Dennis Woodruff, John Sobecki, Scott Spreier, Michelle Thomas, Alan Drewsen, Doug Ferguson, Tracy Duberman, Connie Freeman, Rich Ramsey, Julie Beck, Sarah Beaulieu, Anne Galloway, Alyson Linefsky, Dee Cramer, Doug Hill, David Rottman and my wife Barbara.
4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?
Absolutely. That there are amazing people out there who are willing to help. That there are ethical self-publishing companies that do a very professional job. And finally, that independent books are critical to the future of our world because without the honesty and creativity and topicality that exist currently with independent books our society is going to be in even worse shape than we are now.
5. What made you decide to become an author?
I have been surrounded by books written by family members going back to 1823. The fact that I was surrounded by their books and love to read planted the seed early on that I wanted to write.
6. What are some stories that changed your life or made a big impression on you and why?
The substantial number of stories I have heard about people being sexually assaulted and bullied was a major motivator for me to write two novels about a female teenager who fought that reality at a great personal cost. Also, the stories of individuals who are still grieving the loss of loved ones who died from tobacco products decades ago. That reality was also included in my two novels. I unfortunately am one of those people, having lost both my parents to Big Tobacco, the most amoral industry in the world. They are now targeting my grandsons which makes me crazy.
7. What do you want the world to know about Indie Authors?
We are highly motivated to write impactful books.
8. What would you like your readers to take away from your work?
The fact that individuals can have a positive impact on our world if they make the decision to do that. All my books speak to how to have that impact.
9. Tell us a little bit about your writing process. How do you get started? How do you know when you're done?
I journal regularly and gather random thoughts through that process. I also do mind mapping which is a visual way to gather your thoughts. When what I have gathered through that process comes together in an article or book idea I start to write and see if the energy stays with what I have written. There is not any magic when it is done for me; I just know.
10. What do you think your strengths are as a writer? What is it about your books that will draw your audience in?
My books are relevant for our time because as I have mentioned previously, they all, both fiction and non-fiction, deal with current realities and what people can do about that current reality. I have been a career coach and business consultant and youth advocate along with being a writer so all the work I have done has been helping people deal with what is going on with them in our crazy world.
11. What components fit together to make a great book?
For me it is does the reader learn something about themselves and/or their world.
12. What is your favorite genre to write?
Realistic Fiction. Non-fiction