I Tell Stories.
For Myself - I love to create intriguing characters with captivating lives full of mystery, murders, or mayhem. Since my youth, I've been telling stories on the radio, in notebooks, and in either short or feature length films. When I'm not behind a keyboard, or pen & paper, I'm behind a camera or microphone, working on the next video or documentary/feature film.
For Clients - I enjoy the process of befriending and nurturing a new client. Taking their vision, crafting the perfect copy, then gathering my crew to shoot a video; whether it's a commercial, a YouTube or Training video, it's very rewarding. Since my passion is architecture, I'm often found shooting modern architecture, and post-modern furniture. I also enjoy experimenting with aerial videography.
For Friends - There's nothing better in the world than to work alongside a good friend and help their dreams come to life.
ASK THE AUTHOR
WhO is your inspiration?
The creators who've influenced me include: Lee Childs for thrilling pace; Pat Conroy for elegant language; James Patterson for rapid dialogue; Elmore Leonard for effective minimalism; Vince Flynn for detail development; Thomas Harris for freak appeal. I recently discovered Robert Crais. Elsewhere, I enjoy Tim Ferriss for motivation; Gary Vaynerchuck for marketing, and Wayne Dyer for inspiration.
what do you listen to while writing?
I like having a personal soundtrack playing while I write, matching tempo & flavor with my storyline & pacing. Favorites include: John Powell, creating pretty much every Jason Bourne Soundtrack; any music by Hans Zimmer: favorites include Inception & Inferno soundtracks; Alexandre Desplat's soundtrack to Zero Dark Thirty got me through both: Behind The 8 Ball & Knuckle Down. Barber's Adagio for Strings by The London Philharmonic Orchestra was the soundtrack to my earlier (and very different) novels Discovering Grace & Stealing Hope. To "turn it up a notch," I enjoy Bruno Mars, Deadmau5, U2 and always enjoy Boston, Eagles, Tom Petty, and The Doobie Brothers. Here's a one of my favorite music lists on Spotify:
what's your daily writing process?
I like to keep to a routine as much as possible, writing between five & six days a week, taking Sundays off to relax & recharge.
MORNING: I'm up between 5:30 & 6, spending the first 30 minutes enjoying the quiet, and focusing my thoughts & plans for the day.
MIDDAY: I usually write from about 7 until 11, take a break with a 3-5 mile run (depending upon energy) then shower & lunch. More writing and/or research until around 3. Get in a dog walk, a run (if I didn't go earlier) and start to explore other work.
EVENING: Most nights are for "entertaining research" like films & TV. I enjoy: WESTWORLD for character development, GAME OF THRONES for storyline, HOUSE OF CARDS for dialogue, and BALLERS for pure entertainment. Other than that, it's Netflix/AmazonPrime.
WHAT'S YOUR BEST ADVICE TO WRITERS?
If you want to Master Your Craft, I suggest you ingest & experience plenty of daily: Research, Daydreams and Writing
You can choose (a) how much, and (b) in what order to accomplish these, but do them often and daily. Research builds the foundation of your story. Daydreams facilitate the structure of your story. Writing creates the volume of your story.
Research. Write. Relax. Repeat.
WHAT'S THE EASIEST & HARDEST PART OF YOUR PROCESS?
The easiest & favorite part is dialogue. Nothing happens faster for me than conversation. I just hope it's getting better with every book.
The hardest part of writing is knowing when to stop the research. While I don't bog down my work with tons of backstory, I do enjoy building a complete world for my characters. I feel a rich past creates an intriguing present and an unforgettable future.
HOW MANY WORDS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?
On an average day, I hit around 1K - 1500. On good days, it's closer to 2,500. On my "rock star" days, I can hit close to 4,000. But during those rare Super-Creative, Uber-Caffeinated, Finger-Crushing days, I can hit 6,000.
DO you have a personal best?
Yeah, 8,000 in one day, but that was during a NaNoWriMo competition, I was seriously behind and had to make up time ;-)