Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes. It started in my 2nd year of college. My professor at the time gave us a short story assignment and knowing that she wasn’t easy to please I was terrified. Despite this I dove in and it seemed as if time stood still with every word and every phrase that went spilled forth. I was lost in love with prose and I could not get enough of it. I was somewhere other than the world I lived in and never wanted to leave. As I mentioned, my professor had very high standards. Even so, I still thought the world of her because she didn’t flaunt it. She just knew her stuff. When I got my story back I was pleasantly surprised that she had given me an ‘A’ with some very encouraging comments. That’s when the train left the station.
What inspires you to write?
Who are as a people needs commentary. How we treat each other and how we feel about things needs to be reflected outside of ourselves because we’re not very good listeners. The only way that we’ll understand something about ourselves is when we see it happening before our eyes. That’s the human condition that I am so driven to comment on through prose. All writers do it to some degree but I’m not sure that most know that this is what they’re doing. It’s not because I’m opinionated or have something to say. I think it’s primarily because I want to leave something behind for my daughter on my perspective about things. That is what is underlying. Aside from that, I love to daydream. I love to pretend I’m on another world where things that could not happen here can happen there. I love to make up movies in my head. It’s got to be fun and adventurous but at the same time, it has to mean something.
Do you have a daily writing routine/schedule?
I have to but unfortunately I don’t always adhere to it. I have a full-time job and I teach/study karate 3x a week. So for the most part here’s how it goes. I work during the day and either come home or go straight to karate. If I come home I’ll want to spend time with my girls (unless there is something pressing). Closer to bedtime is when I go to my office and taking care of business. On karate nights I try to do a little when I get home and my daughter is preparing for bed. It’s a crazy schedule, I know. I’m hoping that someday I can hopefully focus on writing and the business aspect of it full time.
What is the current book you are promoting?
Haven of Dante tells the story of the Dante family line after Alighieri escaped the nine circles of hell unscathed. In their anger, the circles banded together forming what they call, “The Aristocracy” and have been responsible for all of the evil that’s in the world. One person in the Dante family line has always stood against their plans and this time it’s Haven Irena Dante.
Here’s the synopsis:
"For centuries members of the nine circles of hell have infiltrated our society at every level. Calling themselves the Aristocracy, they have sought to replace humanity on the surface. The only ones who have stood in their way are members of the Dante family line.
This time, it’s Haven’s turn.
Seventeen-year-old Haven Irena comes from a dysfunctional family where the absence of her workaholic father is filled by a loving mother with a mysterious past. A past that ties the Dante family to the inherited task of fighting the nine circles of hell. But when her mother is killed the hole that in Haven’s heart is filled with trials that will challenge her soul. But if she emerges, she will be different and all of hell may not be enough to stand against her."
Wonderful! Now for some fun!!! The quick fire round of questions...
Favorite Book? Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Favorite Author? C.S. Lewis
Favorite Food? Puerto Rican
Favorite Sport? Karate! I’m a 3rd degree black belt, my wife is a blue belt and our daughter is a black belt.
*That's awesome I was a second degree brown belt in Tae Kwon Do... wished I had stuck with it.
Favorite Quote? “Once you set your mind to it, nothing is impossible.” ~Grandmaster Danny Chapman (who is also my instructor)
Favorite Car/Truck? Ford Mustang GT
Card Game or Board Game? Board. The first time I lost a game of Monopoly after 20+ years was to my daughter.
Beach or Mountains? Beach. I love to stare out over the expanse of the water. It has a limitless feel to it.
Hot or Cold? Cold. Which goes against the “beach” response but I’d rather be out in the cold than in the blazing heat.
Book or Kindle? Book. I know . . I’m old-fashioned that way. I’ll grow out of it.
Shoes or Sandals? Sandals.
Walk or Ride? If I’m on the beach, walk. If I’m out and about, ride.
Early Bird or Night Owl? Definitely an early bird. Too early, sometimes.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
There is a violation on the main character that occurs in the story but this is not done gratuitously. Years ago, my sweet wife was assaulted by three men at gunpoint. Since then she’s made some good choices for her life which isn’t always the case for some who have gone through that horrendous experience. I want the book to be a source of encouragement in its message in stating that you can make some good choices despite the cards that have been dealt to you.
Where can people find you? Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, please list all links
My heart and motive have always been for people who are hurting. These can be kids who have had to suffer through child abuse or neglect or an absent parent which can be equally torturous as was the case in The Jupiter Chronicles. It can also be young girls who have suffered an assault like Haven did in Haven of Dante. Young or old it doesn’t matter. Those are the kids and adults I want to speak to because I’ve been there.
It’s not just Science Fiction.
It’s Science Fiction for the Human Condition.