Welcome to MY world…
Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest with my wife Denise, a Border Collie named Aoife (pronounced EYE-fa), a guitar collection, and an increasing number of aquariums sporting a variety of fish (cichlids are my new favorites), I live for football season when I can cheer on the Oregon Ducks and my Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. I am a fan of Cookie Monster, KISS, and Dr. Who (along with most things British).
I write for a few reasons. First, I love a good story. That is what drives me. However, I’d be a big fat liar if I did not admit to wanting the possible fame and fortune. There is a definite ego gratification in knowing that by putting words on paper I made somebody laugh, cry, or cringe. People can say “I do it for the artistic expression…” blah, blah, blah. I write because I want people to be a fan of my writing. I want you to lose yourself in my story for a few minutes or an hour. And when you’re done…I want you to want more. That’s t he honest truth.
So, what writers do that for me? Jasper Fforde, Kim Harrison, RA Salvatore, Laurel K Hamilton, and as of late…Billie Sue Mossiman. Books that I consider “must read” that aren’t from the aforementioned writers? The Stand (best story ever!), The Time Traveler’s Wife, Post-Birthday World, and the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R R Martin. That is just my opinion.
My favorite quote is from Gene Simmons of KISS: “Car crashes are neat, but you cant tap your feet to ‘em.” With that I should say that my favorite band is KISS. I also really enjoy Sarah McLachlin, Manhattan Transfer, Matchbox 20, Fallout Boy, Nickelback and original line up Van Halen. When I write I listen to Mozart, Holst, or Future Sounds of London. The last is perfect for zombie writin’ music.