Thank you for inviting me to iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books! It is great to be able to speak to you. I am currently in Maryland working with my own business as a pet sitter in the day and a writer by night. I hope that all of my fans who have been with me from the beginning and the ones joining in the journey will like what comes out on May 11th. Thanks, guys!3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
In high school, I had two amazing teachers: Mrs. Hutton and Mrs. Simon (both English teachers). Being a high school guy, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. In my English classes, I enjoyed the authors who took the time to really get into their characters. I thought ‘I could do that.’ For an assignment, I wrote a short story called “London Fog” which focused on the protagonist and it was all psychological. I loved being able to manipulate characters into what I thought they should be. That’s the beauty of writing: You get to do what you want and it is okay.3LB: Create a haiku about Hunter.
That’s a great question. Poetry is not my strongest but here is my best.3LB: Do you have a book playlist? If so, how did these songs inspire your writing/book/ characters?
Standing on the edge
I see my self in the dark
Time to make a move
Yes. I live by music. I tended to listen to more of Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, and Foo Fighters when I write about Cole. The aggression in the music drives me but I like the emotion that it brings forth. Cole is not just a typical guy. He gets angry, yes, but he is also sensitive and worried about how others view him. With Leila, on the other hand, I tended to listen to U2, Paramore, and Adele. She is a strong woman but is just as worried as Cole. She is not in the teenager stage anymore so she was often inspired by music that represents those college years.3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
Since Hunter is one of three novels, I am currently finishing the last novel. I want it to be on point and so I am taking my time with it. I wrote Hunter in 4 weeks which was insane. The last novel has taken longer but there is so much I have to get right. This is my debut novel and I am proud of it. It has the depth in characters that makes them realistic.3LB: What do you like to read when you're not working on your own stuff?
Currently, I am reading “Unholy Night” by Seth Grahame-Smith. That guy is great! I am also reading “The Count of Monte Cristo”, again. I know, two books at one is crazy but I love them both. I have been reading a lot of YA fiction for a while. There are some really good stories out there. Really, anything with good plot I will read, old or new.3LB: Time travel: Future or past? And where and when would you go to?
I would definitely travel to the past. Europe has been around for so long that I would probably go to somewhere like Great Britain. I would just want to go around London in a horse and buggy and see the sights. Life was simple. You could get on a train and go to Scotland in a day’s. I like the idea of traveling with ease and seeing things that don’t always get explored.3LB: Favorite movie of all time?
“The Shawshank Redemption” by far. I could watch that movie over and over again. It is awesome. Right next to that would be “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars”. They have changed the way that the audience experiences stories and movies.3LB: You’ve been selected to be on the realty show of your choice! Which show do you wish would make that offer? (If it’s one of the competition shows, do you think you’d win?)
My wife and I joke that we should go on The Amazing Race. Since she is afraid of doing things outside of her norm, our mantra would be “It is for a million dollars!” That could be sky diving, eating something gross, walking across an old bridge, or speaking to other people. We would be the couple that people would watch just to see her freak out at each task and me tell what its worth! We would so win because we would be friends with everyone.3LB: If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
Treat everyday as a gift. Don’t waste time or the opportunity that you have been given.3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
- I changed my major purposefully in college so that I could travel to Japan. Absolutely loved it! That was years ago so my Japanese is rusty.
- I have lived in Alaska, Florida, Delaware, Maryland, the Dominican Republic and was almost born in Iran.
- I have trained in multiple forms of martial arts for over 15 years.
- I have eaten crocodile before. It was okay. It tasted like chicken to me.
- I would love to one day travel to New Zealand. It would be great to celebrate Christmas in 80 degree weather!
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