1. Please tell us a little about yourself and your latest book.
I’m from Massachusetts. I’m a writer, poet and author and I really started taking an interest in writing during my freshman year of high school when I wrote poetry in my spare time. I enjoy History, Ufology and Egyptology and when I’m not writing or indulging in my interests of that kind I’m usually watching sports like Football, Baseball and Basketball.
Like A Box of Chocolates is a unique collection of poetry. There are 40 poems written within many different genres such as Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror and Romance just to name a few.
2. How did you come up with the title of “Like A Box of Chocolates”?
Given that the book contains poems all within different genres and they are all random in no particular order or category it implies that you don’t know what your going to get when you turn each page. It’s like the saying goes only in this instance the poetry replaces life.
3. What is your favorite character of “Like A Box of Chocolates”? (if it’s a poetry book, tell me which poem is your favorite and why)
My favorite poem in the book is Razorblades and Revolutions. It falls under overcoming struggles and I really like the way I told it as the message of what’s being told isn’t obvious and is hidden upon reading each line. It’s a very powerful poem and I think it really speaks and comes out more then the rest.
4. What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?
I would say poetry but if not counting poetry as a genre then I would say horror. I feel most comfortable with poetry because there are no limits and I can write not only how I feel but what I want as I can make a poem into pretty much anything. I enjoy the style of poetry and creating my own style, free verse or rhyme I usually try to write all types of poetry which really makes it quite enjoyable.
Aside from poetry I would say horror is my next favorite genre to write in. I’ve written two books that fall under the genre and I also have a few short stories as well. Considering Horror is popular it’s enjoyable to write something you know people will love. I like reading dark macabre stories so it at times inspires me to write my own dark twisted tales.
5. How would you describe your writing style?
I would describe it as creative and organized. Odd choice I know but I always like to be unique and write in a way that’s not only original but innovative as well. I like being descriptive and organized so that the plots, characters and settings all have a distinct purpose and all fall in line but also give off a unique telling of their own. I would say I write basic and on point but then spice it up with my own delivery by adding twists and adding intricate details.
6. What authors inspire your writing? Do you have a mentor?
Edgar Allan Poe and Rod Serling have definitely inspired me in my writing. When I write horror I usually always give off a Poe like essence somewhere within the work whether it be the way it’s told or write of a similar topic. Rod Serling is known for The Twilight Zone which is a favorite show of mine and it’s known for it’s twists and odd tales and I enjoy that part of story telling so I usually try to incorporate that into my work somehow.
7. What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?
A sports broadcaster. I’ve always been into football and people have told my I have way too much knowledge of the game for no reason at all so its too bad I can’t put it to good use by becoming a broadcaster. I also wouldn’t mind being a bartender but that’s a harder job then people may think. Instead of telling stories you have to listen to stories and it’s a lot more then just pouring drinks.
8. What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on my fourth novel, Opium Warfare. It takes place in 1920’s Shanghai and its about how the underground world of drugs has made it’s way to the service of the public and is taking the town by storm. I just started it a few months back and already have a few chapters done but have a ways to go. I also have a few short stories I’m working on to possibly be admitted into upcoming anthologies.
9. Do you have any advice for new authors?
Have your work thoroughly edited. No matter how many times you look over your own work your going to miss something. This is why it’s not only important to have an editor edit your work but have it edited more than once. Way too many authors make the mistake of having their work looked over by someone only to submit it and have it published and next thing you know they’re being accused of making small errors that turn readers off. This can easily be avoided by having a book edited two or three times by an editor, beta reader and then use programs to have your work looked over. When it comes to new authors this is important to know right away so that you have knowledge of it for your next work.
10. If you have to chose only one book to keep, knowing the others would be destroyed, which one would you save?
I’ll answer this in two ways. When it comes to books I myself did not write, If I could keep one it would be Dracula, gotta save the classic or else what would any of us have to be inspired from?
As for books I myself wrote I would say A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West. It’s my only book that’s not poetry and while I don’t have all my poems memorized I could do a better job a remember them then I would remembering the entire book of Western Horror.
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