American Apocalypse III is my most recent book. It is a continuation of the series that began with American Apocalypse I. Yeah, funny how that it is.
The American Apocalypse series begins with the story of a young man who becomes homeless as a result of losing his job. The background to the story is the slow collapse of the worlds economy and how it changes people and life in the USA.
All these books began as self-published novels. American Apocalypse I and II were bought by Ulysses Press, a professional editor went through it, and then re-released. AA 1 went on sale March 1, 2011 and the Kindle version on the 15th. It is going out nationally.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am not really very interesting.
What might be of interest is I write live. By this I mean I write on line and then post it. I do, maybe, two pages a day. People seem to like it and I like the feedback.
What inspired you to write this book?
I could not understand the rise in house prices and why everyone in the world around us was getting rich. I started reading blogs and ended up at Calculated Risk. Since I was a bit out of my depth I started posting short comments about what it would be like in the future. From there the story took shape.
How did you choose the title?
It seemed to fit given the story line.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I tried the regular publishing route at first. That didn’t work. I think I was rejected by 87 literary agents. Some multiple times. So I self published. Ulysses Press became interested because of my reader ratings and sales numbers. They contacted me.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I don’t see myself as a writer. Instead I think myself as a teller of stories.
I have always written. Usually it was poetry and I was published (one poem) by the UNC at Chapel Hill.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I use peoples names who comment or who I have known or worked with.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned about self publishing. I learned about writing from reading what the editor of AA I did and suggested. That was a class in itself.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Hopefully I would be a better storyteller.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I don’t read as much as I used to. I read sci-fi and history mostly.
Writers who have influenced me?
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I have several books in various stages of completion. The one I am working on now is about World War two from the point of view of a German police man and his role in the Holocaust.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Just do it.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
It is, to me at least, amazing who likes reading my books. Someone interested in Apocalyptic stories might like it.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?