Nine Lives is my current novel. The main character finds out he has obtained a certain type of immortality. Through the story, he tries to find out how it came about and travels to see if there is a cure since it comes with some unwanted side effects from the spirit world. Nine Lives is full of spirits, ghosts and power mad psychotics.
Tell us something about yourself.
I began writing in 2002. An idea for a story, (Nine Lives) began a few years before that. I had no writing background or training and the few people I knew that did write did not want or have time for my story. In any other situation I would have dropped the idea and moved on. But, my story had legs so-to-speak and kept kicking me, reminding me of its presence.
I kept bringing up the idea over a period of a year or so, mentioning it to my wife who I was only dating at the time. After a little persuasion from my wife (I honestly believe she was tired of my preaching of this wonderful, amazing story I had in my head and told me to whip out the paper and pen) I began writing an outline. The outline quickly turned into a hand written story in three college note books which turned into about 300 typed pages. A few years later, I was searching for publishers.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had an intimate encounter with a family member’s cat a few years back. Needless to say, there was blood involved.
How did you choose the title?
Nine Lives is about rebirth, a second chance. And, yes, there is a cat that plays a part in the rebirth.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I have never had a moment, not in my wildest imagination, when I had thought of being an author. Never! I was such a miserable student for most of my life, that writing was the furthest thing from my mind. It was more of a fluke than anything else. By the time I finished Nine Lives I knew that I wanted to do this for a living.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Early in the morning before the rooster starts his day.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Marketing. I was under the same impression a lot of new writers have that all I had to do is write a book and the people and book stores would start knocking at my door. It’s been a learning experience. I think I am entering my sophomoric year. Understanding publishing and that is rapidly changing right under our noses due to the technology of social networks, e-books etc.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I have finished my second manuscript called the 13th sign. It takes a character from the novel, Nine Lives and spins a whole new tale, although it is still in the paranormal genre. It will be the a continuation of a series that take place primarily in New Orleans called The Lake Pontchartrain Mysteries.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
If you truly enjoy writing, learn as much about the promotion side of writing as you possibly can. Stephen King says to prospective authors that if you read enough fiction, one day you will say to yourself, “I can do better than this guy!” That is what happen to me and I am somewhere in the middle of book number three
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Those who like paranormal, supernatural and like a different approach to things that go bump in the night
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Nine Lives can be purchased through: