What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I was an abused child and escaped from reality by reading. I started reading encyclopedia at age four. I have read at least a book a week since I was twelve, and probably close to 5,000 at this point. I have always wanted to be a writer, but adults discouraged me and I went into various fields. Finally, at age forty-seven, I retired on my savings and started writing full time on April 1, 2011.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write every day and can pace up to a chapter per day. I write full time for the most part, but also do some consulting, public appearances, and teaching. I am a bit of a word processor. I have so many ideas and stories fully written in my head, that the actual act of writing feels like dictation from my own internal voice.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I like writing the same genres I love to read. Fiction, historical fiction, steampunk, and fantasy. I write what I refer to as “pulp fiction” in that it is story and character rich, enjoyable, easy to read, and takes the reader away from the normal world. I do not try to write deep literary fiction with nuanced meanings you have to dwell on for days to understand.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I am a strong believer in writing what you enjoy reading. I feel you are a bit of a charlatan if you try to write something because it is popular or marketable. Ideas and writing come easily if you would want to read your own novels and stories if someone else had written them. I tell my readers honestly, that had I not written the stories, I would love to read them.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I work on several things at once. For novels, my next is Blood Bank, a unique post-apocalyptic vampire novel, that is more about what it means to be human than about vampires. It is due out late summer 2013. After that, the third in the Travelers’ Club steampunk series will come out, The Travelers’ Club and The Lost City, late Fall 2013. I am working on next year’s Twisted anthology series, and on The Second Civil War, a political thriller set in 2024. Both I hope to release in early 2014.
What are your writing plans for the future?
My goal is to continue to release two or three books per year and a dozen short stories. My career goal is to have thousands of readers who enjoy my writing and look forward to the next story. Financially, I plan to break even, but I would trade profits for readers any day. I have stories bursting to get out and on to paper, and I just want others to read and enjoy them.
Where can people find out more about you?
My blog site at www.mbtimetraveler.com is a very eclectic selection of posts that interest me. Usually, I update the blog two or three times daily. Some are pictures, some are reposts of stories, some are original writing of mine. If you follow my blog, you will certainly gain insight into the unusual mix of interests floating around inside my head.
My books can be found on Amazon: Twisted Nightmares, The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship, The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, and Twisted History. I also write movie reviews, book reviews, true science and other columns for multiple magazines, and I have had around forty short stories published in various publications.