How did you know you wanted to be an author?: I was both inspired and compelled to write my first person account (in her voice) of two of the most amazing women in history; women everyone should know and very few do, Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Celeste Claflin. The sisters were the first women to own and operate a women owned brokerage on Wall Street, the first women to own edit and publish a newspaper. Victoria was the first woman invited to speak to the United States Congress, and the first woman, in 1872, forty-eight years before women could vote, nominated by a national political party as their candidate for President of the United States. The sisters also published the first #MeToo like articles in American Journalism. I feel a need to make America face the way we have treated women. Thus the first Two parts of the book read a little like “twelve years a woman.” There were many parallels between the sisters’ lives and my own, overcoming sexual child abuse, using adversity to become empowered, uncanny drive and motivation leading to brilliant successes and facing the crushing consequences of boldly moving forward without regard for the status quo. Presenting the psychology of the main characters is very important to me. In part I felt compelled because after my own near-death experiences, Victoria, four time President of The American Spiritualist Association, started talking to me in my dreams and she demanded I make her well-known as the iconic cultural figure she deserved to be. Instead of fearing this communication and fleeing from it, I used it. Several passages were directly influenced by Victoria. I also asked her to bring me most the other major figures in the novels, so I have "interviewed" the likes of Tennessee, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Ward Beecher and other historic figures. This leads to some very authentic and somewhat startling revelations in the books. I believe 2018 will be remembered as the year of Women. I am a male feminist and supporter of #HeForShe. I hope a biopic, mini-series, or long running TV series based on my books will eventually make Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Celeste Claflin publicly known as models for emerging strong, uncompromising and empowered women. Perhaps the dedication in OUTRAGEOUS says it best: To women of all ages, Be Strong, Be Bold, Lead Us Forth!
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: My advice to aspiring authors depends somewhat on how old you are when you turn to writing and what is your primary purpose. IF you are young and want to make a career of it, study in school if possible, but when you are done with the academics, come back to the following. DON’T write to make money, you have better chances at winning a gold medal in the Olympics! Write because it is your passion or if you have something you really want, perhaps need, to say. To become a writer… WRITE! Seriously, just write and then write more. If you need help getting started there is a simple, old book, Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande (pdf available for free). Follow her exercises and within two months you can be writing four or more hours a day. While you are writing daily, READ! Read everything you can in the genres you aspire to. Once you have some depth of exposure, you can start to look at your own work and become critical and start to edit. Eventually, and this is no fun at all, you will have to EDIT your writing as much as you READ and WRITE! This leads you all the way up to the critical phase of publishing. Unless you are one of the lucky few to secure an Agent and then a publisher, GET HELP! It takes an army to publish a quality work. Hire the best Editor, Cover Designer, Interior Layout, and print designer you can find, or hire the best publisher or consultant you can find. Caveat Emptor, Buyer Beware of all the people trying to sell you something, find people you can trust and work with. Prerequisite, they have succeeded selling more than ten thousand copies of their client’s books, are industry spokespersons, and/or have received numerous awards.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: My writing process is chaotic! I fantasize about being one of those people who can organize a schedule and stick to it, but I am not that person. I write when moved to do so. Sometimes I binge write, realizing I have not eaten, breakfast, lunch or dinner when it is already late at night. One time, I wrote forty thousand words in three days. This borders on being possessed. Seriously, it is important to get up from a sitting position once an hour, so I often pace for a few minutes or go to the bathroom for a break. If you are one of the lucky ones who can summon the muse at prearranged times, count your blessings.
What message do you want readers to remember?: Remember these two words: excellence and love. Throughout my life, my successes have come from an uncompromising dedication to excellence. I have learned over time, using Love as the primary motivation to getting things done and finding others who work under the same guiding principle creates an uncommon quality that people can see, sense, or simply know.
How can fans get in contact with you?: Email: email@example.com website: www.thevictoriawoodhullsaga.com