How did you know you wanted to be an author? I have wanted to be an author since I was a little child. I was always thrilled with the mystery and magic of the printed word. It amazed me that people from years and years ago cold communicate over the vast periods of time via the printed word.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Never give up. Believe in yourself. Write, write, and write. Try to add to your work what I call “atmospherics”. This is the art of thinking about what your characters are experiencing through their senses as they go through the book. What does it smell like? How does a texture feel? What are they seeing? Is there a sound in the background? What does the food taste like? Think like a tourist as you explore a long forgotten world. What would you want to know about the times and places your characters are exploring?
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I try to write every day. Especially when I do not feel like it. Just by writing sometimes you get inspired when you would never think you would. Keep a pad and pencil with you at all times. Write that thought down when it comes to you. Often it is in the best words you can ever formulate.
What message to you want readers to remember?Each of my books explores history as accurately and realistically as I can. Thus, I try to bring in all aspects of my characters’ lives, including their inner struggles, their loves, their religion, their politics, and their times.
How can fans get in contact with you?via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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