What inspired you to write this book?
Can you give us an interesting fact about your book that isn't in the blurb?
There is a lot of hidden symbolism in the story. I think The Shadows will be great for the readers who enjoy analyzing a plot on multiple levels.
How did you choose your title?
The cover was something I envisioned when I neared the end of the writing process. I knew that I wanted the protagonist of the story, Jay Alaker, to be looking out into darkness. An amplified version of the cover is something I will eventually be releasing. I am pleased with the cover currently, but I’ve recently started working with an artist, Kyle Mjoen, whose style fits The Shadows perfectly.
Did you self-publish or publish traditionally and why?
I published the book through an online company called Outskirts Press. Outskirts Press provided me with a way to utilize the resources I would need, but allowed me to keep the rights to my work at the same time. I was very pleased with my publishing experience through Outskirts.
What do you consider the most important part of a good story?
There has to be suspense. People like not knowing what’s going to happen next, and I’m no exception to this. I can’t stand a predictable storyline. As I was writing this book, creating a plot that keeps the reader guessing was one of my primary goals.
How did you get started writing?
Like I mentioned before, I just made the decision one day to write a book.
What tips can you give on how to get through writers block?
What kind of music do you like to listen to while you write?
Who is your favorite author?
Either C.S. Lewis or Philip K. Dick
Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
What is your favorite book?
Watchers by Dean Koontz or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I work fulltime at a bank, so that takes up a huge chunk of my time. If I’m not using my free time for writing, I’m working out, drinking coffee, spending time with friends, driving around aimlessly, watching movies, or sleeping.
What advice would you give an author just starting out?
The best piece of advice I can give to any aspiring author is to stay single. I probably would have finished The Shadows much faster if I had been single throughout the whole process.
Have you had anything else published?
What's your next project?