What inspired you to write Book Two, True Lies, of the Newspaper Mysteries?
I always intended for the Newspaper Mysteries to be a series. I love the characters and felt they had much more to say and do than just the first book. In the second book Thomas is still skirting trouble with the principal while concentrating on his school newspaper. Only in this book he uncovers a much bigger crime – a jewel heist! (And don’t tell anyone, but I have a great idea for a third book.)
This is an ebook, a new arena for you. What challenges did you and will you face with editing, marketing and sales?
I’m still catching up on the learning curve. The biggest challenge is that everything happens so much faster than in print publishing. Ambush Books makes a decision and BOOM! it’s a done deal. While I love instant gratification as much as the next guy, it’s a little scary. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to market ebooks. If anyone has any tips please let me know!!
What advice would you give a writer who is just starting out?
I would say perseverance. It’s very easy to get discouraged in this business. And it’s hard work. So keep at it, get in a critique group, and hone your craft. Take workshops, go to conferences, and READ everything you can get your hands on, not only in your own genre but in other genres as well. Writing is a community endeavor.
What is your favorite dessert and why?
I have voracious sweet tooth. I love all things dessert. If I didn’t have a family to feed, I’d have dessert for dinner every night of the week. But if I have to pick a favorite it would be a coffee ice cream hot fudge sundae with a ton of whipped cream. Yum. Why? I’ve always loved coffee ice cream, but this dessert reminds of when I was a kid and my dad would take us for ice cream on Sundays. I’d get this every time. It’s still my favorite.