Which of your books do you consider your “pride and joy”? Why?
I love book 1 of the series which is titled, The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth, The Battle Between Light and Dark, Book 1. I’m sure it will always hold a special place in my heart. Book 2, simply titled, The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth, The Battle Between Light and Dark, Book 2, of course, is outstanding in that it delivers what I would want to see in a great series of Sci-Fi movies or books. But I think Book 3 which is title The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth, Enoch will likely end up being my favorite. The movie in my head is unbelievable and I can’t wait to release it next year. There are more, of course, but I think these three books will be the ones that I remember most. Each a gift from God.
Do you have any preparation rituals before you begin to write?
Well, I don’t have a “Procrastination ritual” (Grace Yee), but I do find that I need to be on good terms with my awesome wife before I write. I know that some authors find mornings better and some find evenings best, but time of day doesn’t really matter to me. I wrote most of book one and two while on airplanes on my phone. But my favorite place to write is at our timeshare in Orlando. Truthfully, I just need to be at peace and the download begins.
If you had to come up with a book title to describe your life, what would it be?
If you had a chance to have dinner with any author who would it be?
I think it would be an indie author. Someone who’s not quite there yet, but who is on the right track. Someone who had what it takes and is an incredible storyteller, but who just hasn’t been discovered yet. Someone who likes BBQ and good conversation. If I couldn’t find that then perhaps one of the authors of the Star Wars Fate of the Jedi series or maybe Douglas Adams!
We all have family, work and other obligations...how do you maintain balance while in the middle of a writing project?
There’s balance? J Well I have a beautiful loving wife and four awesome children. Ages 14, 13, 13, and 7. I’m also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and the Senior SharePoint Consultant for the company I work for in Des Moines, IA. Since I live in St. Augustine, FL, you can imagine we travel quite a bit. We homeschool our kids and I love playing online video games with the kids. I find balance in prayer. I believe that God is my source and that everything will get finished exactly when it’s supposed to. The great thing is that the story, movie, never leaves my mind. It’s always there waiting for me to finish writing it down so that I can finally read it from end to end.
Although we’ve never met, I received an awesome piece of advice from Chris Rock. Yes Chris Rock, the movie star. I was watching an interview on PBS and Mr. Rock was talking about something that he had written. He said something like, just get through the first draft. Don’t worry about how it reads. Just get through it. So, I never worry about spelling, sentence form, poetry, etc. I just get the first draft down. I can always make it clear, spellcheck, restructure a sentence, and add poetic liberties on the second draft.
Where can we purchase your books and how can we keep up with you?
Visit my website www.e7prophecy.com and keep up to date on the E7Prophecy.
Book 1 is out now. Book 2 will be out this fall and Enoch will be out next year.