I see in your bio notes that you’ve considered Bruce Willis for the lead of Primordial Threat if it becomes a film? Do you picture actors as you develop your characters?
Rarely do I do that. However, I do tend to have some idea of what kind of person a character represents, and sometimes that translates into an actor we might all recognize. For instance, one of the main characters in Primordial (in fact the hero) is a black gentleman who I always jokingly thought of an anti-Urkel. Urkel, being the nerdy smart kid from TV, my character was brilliant - certainly, but not awkward, upstanding, and somewhat buff.
What do you know now about writing you wished you had known sooner?
I wish I wouldn't have spent almost five years knocking on the doors of traditional publication. I know almost everyone there. And let's just say that I've soured on the process.
Are there any other points about writing you would like to add?
Writing is about 99% sweat and 1% skill. Most people don't put in the time needed to learn the craft. I call it "sweat equity". Without sweat equity, you're basically saying that you're brilliant and can write something without any study whatsoever and beat everyone who has been honing their skills for years.
What is the next book coming out?
I have a book 2 coming out in the Levi Yoder series on April 4th.
When he's falsely accused of a heinous series of crimes, the FBI makes Levi an offer he can't refuse: use his mob connections to help investigate the murders of several undercover agents or find himself in jail awaiting trial, without a way to clear his name.
With the threat of incarceration hanging over his head and the life of a five-year-old at stake, Levi finds himself tracking a serial killer who he fears might lead him to suspects that are very close to home. Jail or the life of an innocent little girl, Levi's left with no choice.