Writing what you know or cribbing from your own life?

SEMI-RUDE QUESTION: Okay, let me get this straight. In your novel, the main character is a journalist and former war correspondent. Same as you, right? Did you just steal from yourself and repackage it as fiction? ANSWER: It’s fair to suspect that when a novel’s...

Are there really second acts in life?

SEMI-RUDE QUESTION: Was writing this novel a ‘one-off’ for you or is this really a second-act following your career as a journalist? ANSWER: That depends on whether The Ocean Above Me finds an audience. I’m committed to this as a second act, but book sales will...

Does everyone have one book in them?

SEMI-RUDE QUESTION: There’s an old adage, ‘Everyone has at least one book in them.’ Is that just a bunch of hooey or do you believe that? ANSWER: Everyone might have a book inside them, but few can actually get one out.Or as the late, great Christopher Hitchens...

” … bearing an untold story inside you.”

SEMI-RUDE QUESTION: Maya Angelou wrote, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” That’s the predicament of your novel’s protagonist, Lukas Landon. What’s keeping him from telling his story? ANSWER: Presently, it’s water. The roughly 150...

Are authors just greedy, money-grubbers?

SEMI-RUDE QUESTION: Everywhere I turn on social media, someone’s trying to sell me their book. Are authors just greedy money-grubbers? ANSWER: If you’re fortunate enough to make a living as a full-time fiction writer the average annual income is roughly $45,000 a...