HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
The Ypsilanti, Michigan Historical Society asked if I would take on a Depression era cold case that has troubled Ypsi residents for over sixty years.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK AND WHY? "Always remembered. Nerver forgotten. May it be so." The last line encapsulates the book's intention.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
Sometimes police know who a guilty party is, but without evidence, justice is short-circuited.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?
James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon.
WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WRITING STYLE?
Stephen King and his only nonfiction--On Writing. It's one of the best how-to books about the craft because it is realistic and accessible.
TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER: Meeting my readers often includes people with personal connections to my nonfiction topics.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR WRITING PROCESS:
I start with paper and pen and gravitate to the keyboard. Usually I choose the lynchpin chapter and chunk other chapters fore and aft. Then it takes five or more revisions and edits before I start liking it.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE AS A WRITER?
Managing details and continuity. With nonfiction, it is easy to get lost in the details.
IF YOU COULD BE COMPARED TO A WELL-KNOWN AUTHOR WHO WOULD YOU MOST WANT THIS TO BE AND WHY?
I've worked hard to develop my own voice. I'd rather not be compared to anybody else.
HOW DID YOU GET PUBLISHED?
I'm a self-published, independent author with a good working relationship with Wheatmark Inc. in Tucson, Arizona. We've both made money.
CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS ON HOW BEST TO PROMOTE THEIR BOOK?
Start building an audience with a blog long before you have a book coming out. Blogging is a good way to develop your writing voice. Mine is fornology.com and I'm edging towards a million hits.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Restoring lost history.
WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ASPIRATIONS?
Seeking truth and sharing it with appreciative readers.
TELL US SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT THEY MIGHT FIND INTERESTING:
I like to West Coast Swing and Zydeco dance.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?
I write for a popular and not an academic audience. It's the story of history that people like and not the pendantrophy of footnotes and padded bibliographies.
WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?
All of my books are paperbacks and come in all ebook formats.
Terror In Ypsilanti has an audiobook too.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS?
Currently, I'm working on a historical fiction on Detroit's Depression era Kosher Nostra--The Purple Gang. I expect my next book to be finished in 2020 if not before. I'm hoping to broker a distribution deal for this book because it has longer legs than my other books