1. How did you get started writing?
When I was in 7th grade, I saw the movie Congo (based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name). It was so bad, I wrote a parody of it that was set in Australia and featured killer kangaroos instead of gorillas. Naturally, I named it KCongoroo. Thus began my writing career.
2. Out of all your books, which one is your favourite and why?
It’s always the next one. When it stops being the next one, I’ll quit. Or at least take a break.
3. If your friends were asked to describe you in one word, what would it be?
4. What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Breathe air. Or sleep. Or breathe air while I’m sleeping. both of those things are great.
5. What do you love most about the genre you write?
My genre isn’t set in stone, so I love that I get to bounce around quite a bit.
6. What do you want readers to take from your books?
They can take whatever they want as long as they give me money for it.
Truthfully, I want them to be 90% thrilled and 10% absolutely LIVID with me by the time they’re done with my books. So a “strong emotional response” is probably my best answer.
7. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Ben Ben Ben
8. What made you decide to write in your current genre?
I mentioned above that I bounce around. Part of that is because I’m borderline ADD (scatterbrained enough to get tested, yet was declared negative) and the other part is because I love a variety of genres. I write fantasy because it’s the ultimate escape. I write sci-fi because I love exploring new worlds. I write horror because I like the idea of facing terrible evil and surviving/overcoming it. And I write children’s books because I have children whom I love.
9. Tell us about your current release/or new release?
My next big release, which will hopefully coincide with the Hellcats release to some degree, is the omnibus of my Blood Mercenaries sword and sorcery fantasy series. That’s the first four books of the series, which will eventually top out at ten total books (if all goes well).
Essentially, the series follows four unique heroes as they face down dark lords, terrible creatures, ancient gods and goddesses, and, on occasion, each other. It’s basically an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons campaign in a series of books.
10. What does your writing space look like?
For the last several months, I’ve had a neck injury from doing jiu jitsu, so I’ve been writing from my recliner in my living room. Then we started remodeling the basement where my office is, and my office started getting used as a storage room to hold excess stuff that we had to move in the interim. So the best answer I can give right now is “cluttered.”
11. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?
I’ll put aside my cell phone, because I do think I could do without it if need be, but without my laptop or SOME sort of computer with a word processing program and the internet, I’d be lost as a writer.
12. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?
Only when they fight back.
13. How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
Pretty much all of my characters are based on people I know, but only at first. Those people are “archetypes” of a sort for the characters, and then the characters take on their own personalities after that.
14. What are you working on now? Can you share a teaser of it with our readers?
I’m finalizing book 2 of my sci-fi series. Here’s a quick bit from Act I, where my protagonist, Justin, finds himself in the wrong part of a city on a colonist ship.
Quan beckoned him into the vivid blue street, which was now empty aside from the two of them. Everyone else must’ve fled once the shooting started.
The glow from the cobblestones beneath their feet provided ample light for Justin to see his opponent, and the abundance of neon lights on the buildings around them cast Quan’s angry face and his blond hair in various colors.
Justin stood about six feet away from Quan, clenched his right fist, and extended his energy sword. It burned orange like Quan’s undershirt, only brighter and hotter.
“Let’s go,” Justin said.
Quan inched closer with the sword cocked near his shoulder, ready to swing.
Justin didn’t move.
The sword flashed toward Justin’s head, and he took a step back and brought his energy sword up to defend.
But instead of his energy sword shearing through Quan’s blade, the metal sword sliced clean through the orange energy, briefly interrupting its flow, and slammed into the side of Justin’s shoulder.
The blow sent vibrations ricocheting into Justin’s chest and down his arm, and he stumbled back, shocked that Quan’s sword was still intact. He looked down at his arm and saw a noticeable groove in the metal where Quan had struck him. Had Justin not stepped back, the blade very well could have sliced through his neck instead.
With his mouth hanging open, Justin asked, “How?”
“Galvanized heat-proof alloy,” Quan replied with a cunning smile. “Can’t be destroyed by weapons such as yours.”
15. Is there one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing?
I’ve dabbled in most of them, but I’ve never done really anything that falls purely into the “mystery” category, so I’ll go with that.
16. What do you do when a flash of inspiration hits you at an inopportune moment?
I make notes. I have lots of notes in my “Notes” app on my phone. It is linked to my laptop and my Apple account, so they’re all there when I need them.
17. What keeps you going while writing?
A fear of never “making it.”
But I know that if, someday, I keep writing and keep publishing, I’ll reach the level of success I’m looking for.
18. What’s next for you?
A long night of writing/rewriting and then some sleep.
19. Where can we find you on the internet?
Read the opening book of my Blood Mercenaries series for FREE at http://www.subscribepage.com/