I’m not really sure where it all began, but as a kid I remember writing out all these crazy little stories for my little sister and I to laugh at. Even though they weren’t great by any means, I just enjoyed putting my thoughts onto paper. I guess over time, I’ve fallen more in love with the ideas my brain is constantly churning out.
For someone new to your work, what genres do you write in?
Currently, I write Young Adult Dystopian Fiction (not to be confused with Sci-Fi Dystopian; there are no aliens, monsters, robots, spaceships in my story), but I’m planning to genre hop once I get done with the trilogy I’ve been working on. As for the genre that is, I don’t want to announce it until this series is all said and done.
When did Nimbus start to come to life?
Nimbus was born one day when I was sitting at my desk at work just bored out my mind. I was listening to some music and the idea just hit me, so I texted my wife about it and she told me to run with it. I got home that night and started working on the concept. Then, I’d say it really started to come to life when I finished it and landed an editor to help fine tune the story.
How did you come up with the title?
I have to thank my wife, Emily, for that one! It was originally titled The Wall, but when a game show and a movie with that same name came out, we figured we should change it. So, I asked her what sort of word would describe a giant steel wall that encircles a society, and she told me “Nimbus.” Since Nimbus can mean an aura surrounding a person or thing (it’s not just a cloud type), I felt it worked with the world I had created.
What was the hardest part of writing Nimbus?
The hardest part for me was convenience in the sense that, when you’re at a lull and something needs to happen, you almost have to give your characters something to build from. For example, if they were stuck somewhere and weren’t sure which way to go, it was just convenient to have one character see a small exit or escape. I’m not a fan of writing convenience, but I know that story has to have it otherwise it would just be 300 pages of characters walking and talking.
Are there any other titles currently out?
The sequel to Nimbus entitled Halcyon will be released this June!
I see 2019 is bringing a second book, what can you tell us about it?
I can tell you that it’s called Halcyon and that it continues where Nimbus left off. For those who haven’t read Nimbus, I can’t divulge too much, but I can say that this story is even crazier than the first. I feel a lot more confidence in my writing after publishing the first novel, so I hope the second one shows that!
How did you come up with the covers?
While writing the story, there were certain scenes and sequences that jumped out to me, so I told my buddy, Aaron Snethen, who designs my covers what they were. With the ideas I gave him, he was able to create some phenomenal artwork. I don’t know where I would be without him. He’s an amazing artist who captures exactly what I want; it’s like magic.
Do you create your own book promos?
Anything that has any relation to my book covers goes back to my cover artist, Aaron.
What is your favorite drink, when writing?
Now that’s an interesting question. Some nights, I like to have a small glass of whiskey while I write, but most of the time I just prefer water or coffee. Some of those marathon writing sessions require an IV of coffee, too.
What other hobbies do you enjoy?
Outside of writing, I’m a huge fan of classic cinema. Whenever I have a chance, I try to watch any film pre-1975 or so. If it’s black and white or in Technicolor, you can bet I will see it (or maybe I already have). Besides that, I recently got a record player, so I’ve been collection vinyls of some of my favorite artists from the 50s and 60s like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, etc.
How do you balance life and writing?
It’s tough, that’s for sure. When you have a full-time job, a wife, and a puppy that wants all your time and affection, it can be difficult, but by setting out a schedule ahead of time, we’re able to make it work. I think just having her know my ambitions and my goals, we’re able to balance everything out well enough that I’m not always lost in my work.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
My advice is to keep writing. It doesn’t matter if your work doesn’t sell, your teacher didn’t like it, your dog ate it, your mom thought it was “unique,” or it just plain stinks, don’t stop. Nobody writes something perfect the first time, so just take the time to hone your craft, and don’t stop. The second you quit, a character never meets the audience he or she deserves.
If you could, what would you tell your younger self?
I’d tell my younger self exactly what I tell my older self all the time: Keep working; it’ll all work out the way it’s supposed to.
Do you feel that paperbacks are making a comeback?
They better be! Physical copies of books will always be my favorite.