How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve always enjoyed writing and grew up with a love of books. I’ve written shorter scripts, ad copy and speeches, but never a book until I became a confidential informant in an international criminal investigation. When the case was over and my publisher discovered I was involved, he approached me about telling our story. I was protective of how it should be told, so I was excited to try to bring it to the readers. This story changed my life, and I knew it had the potential to change others if it was told honestly and authentically.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Write your story, share it with friends, accept feedback, work with a good editor. If you are fortunate to get published, be prepared to promote your book. Readers have so many choices, so it’s important to let them know why your book deserves reading. Keep in touch with the public library in your community — they are a great resource and are excited to help their local authors.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I have an office on the second floor of my house with floor to ceiling windows, some stained glass. Friends call it my bird cage, and I write there, high among the tree branches with birds and squirrels playing outside my window. I write at night when life slows down, and I can look up from the screen and see beautiful things, the weather, activity on the street. It’s great to have a quiet place to concentrate where I can also easily step back into real life.
What message to you want readers to remember?My book is about the international search for a dangerous child predator who fled the UK and settled in Louisiana. This book is about the amazing courage of a young man who searched the world for justice for 13 years before reaching out to an unlikely place for help. It follows the twists and turns of an international criminal investigation and reveals the amazing power of one: If one person can speak up, and one can help another and another, it can change a person’s life¦and make the world a little safer.
How can fans get in contact with you? email@example.com