Hotel Stuff (Author Interview)

Hotel Stuff looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

-Of course! Hotel Stuff is my version of the nerdy girl, hot guy trope that seems to have been pretty prevalent throughout the years - however with some trippy edits. It hovers around the main character Basil Francis, who is invited to a bonfire as someone’s date, but ends up in the company of Elly Hayes, her town’s most talked about degenerate.

Elly and Basil become acquainted fairly soon in the novel due to a proposition Elly gives Basil, and as Basil becomes more and more entrapped in his circle, she starts to unravel some abnormal quirks within herself.

I always market the book as being the worst kind of coming of age story because it’s not meant to be comfortable, nor is it an ooh la la descend into notoriety. Hotel Stuff is about understanding insecurities, and how those insecurities can become unbearable. It also bobs and weaves between the ideas of relationships, expectations, and excruciating realizations. I wrote it to be experienced, but also for every reader to see themselves somewhere in that murkiness.


Can you tell us a little about Basil?

-Basil is corny. She’s not the typical rendition of a geek who is in love with numbers or science, she is a pastry artist. Basil loves sweets, she loves the act of creating something with her hands that she can later on share with her family. Basil’s baking is what ties her to her parents, but it is also to her detriment to have such a dependent relationship with her parents.

Throughout the story the reader will be able to see how much Basil values her parent’s opinions, and oftentimes describes them as the former popular kids in their towns, and how she has failed to become one. This is also the reason Basil can only see herself through the vision of others, and has had a difficult time identifying who she is. Even in the way she views her peers as though they are out of touch and insignificant, when in reality she is the one who lacks that social expansion.


What motivated you to become a writer?

-I grew up without cable, so books were really the only form of entertainment I had. My mom was also a school teacher, and I always could tell how much books meant to her, and how she wanted to share that same joy with me. She passed away when I was twelve years old, but I still remember our quality time revolving around books.

I honestly think books saved my life and gave me a lot of companionship during the times I was incredibly lonely, and I hope my books can now give companionship to someone else. That has always been what’s motivated me.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Hotel Stuff?

-Hotel Stuff is based on a dream I had when I was 16/17 years old. I had a dream about these gritty kids wanting to make it out of their town by any means necessary. I often dream kinda like I’m watching a movie, so I’m not really in it, but I’m witnessing someone else’s life happen. I specifically remember at one point in my dream the title appearing and it reading, Hotel Stuff. When I woke up, I immediately started on a draft, and it has been in the making for a decade now.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Hotel Stuff?

-I wrote Hotel Stuff with the intention of being digestible for readers of all backgrounds, but I also wanted to make sure I wrote a story that young black girls could read and see themselves in the main character. The most challenging part was making sure that I balanced out the identity of who Basil is, who I am, but also the representation of other young black girls who have dealt with some form of isolation. Being an outcast is one thing, but being an outcast because of your physical appearance is a plight that not a lot of mainstream books are exploring.


What do you like to do when not writing?

-I’m a pretty nerdy person myself. I love anime, and a lot of anime has influenced my drive to write. I also just got into DnD!


Where can readers find out more about your work?

-My website at



Jiggery Pokery (Author Interview)

Jiggery Pokery looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Jiggery Pokery is the story of Reverend John Gaule, the priest who famously stood up to the Witchfinder Matthew Hopkins during the English witch-craze in the 17th Century. My novel follows John Gaule over the course of three years during which he gradually falls deeper and deeper into an obsession with Mr. Hopkins. Jiggery Pokery is populated with a huge cast of characters, all of whom Gaule meets as he pens anonymous letters to Matthew Hopkins, publishes a book in London, is attacked by peasants stricken with ergot poisoning in King’s Lynn, and many other exciting encounters, one of which occurs at the end of his long life. Based on a true story, Jiggery Pokery is sure to please those with a hankering for historical romps, replete with jokes and a modicum of horror.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Seeing as I’ve told the story of John Gaule, there aren’t any plans to turn Jiggery Pokery into a series. But in terms of my career, Jiggery Pokery is the first in a series of novels which deal with the old maxim that great men are not necessarily good men. I’ve written a novel about a gay Japanese linguistics professor that is due to come out later this year. I’m really excited about Nakadai because it touches on the same ground as Jiggery Pokery, but this time in present times. Another novel of mine which has been accepted is Fibber, which won’t be out for a while. I’ve found a publisher, but these things take time—but in the meantime, it’s sufficed to say that Fibber is about another flawed man: a poet whose punishment is being forced to work as a bureaucrat in a building that is, in fact, a mass grave…So much to look forward to!


How long did it take you to write Jiggery Pokery?

I started writing Jiggery Pokery in 2020. Much of the dialogue was written in verse, and it wasn’t until I dived into Dostoyevsky that I re-wrote the novel into the version we have today. It took me two years in total to write book—including re-writes and thinking holidays, so to speak.


What inspired you when writing Jiggery Pokery?

I’ve always been fascinated in the (First) English Civil War period because it was almost entirely bad. I wanted to write a novel that was longer than what I usually wrote, and where the language was elevated to the same grassland as the characters were. I find other novels inspiring and fell in love with books like The Idiot and The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev. I wanted my writing to sing like theirs did, and I tried very hard to pull it off.


Can you tell us a little about John Gaule?

John Gaule is a loner, and is someone who believes that as long as he fulfills his moral obligations to himself that everything will be okay. This all changes when he takes on a project that involves nothing but other people, and requires him to exercise a level of empathy that he’s never had to exercise before. I think he’s spiritually squeamish in the sense that he’s happy to read about good deeds in books, but is rather frightened when it comes to doing good deeds in reality. Despite the fact that he’s middle-aged, we see Gaule grow up over the course of the novel, and see how a man who doesn’t believe in miracles, and true Godliness, finally comes round to the idea. He’s certainly selfish, but it’s his self-centeredness that gets him involved in the plot to smear Matthew Hopkins. And by the time we reach the end of the novel Gaule sees that reliance on self-will isn’t enough. 


What motivated you to become a writer?

I’ve always written stories but I started out, professionally, as a poet. I had some success in that, but there came a point when the poetry dried up and I returned to writing stories and novels. At heart, however, I am a filmmaker, and I see myself as a filmmaker who writes novels. There’s an emphasis on visual aspects that you perhaps wouldn’t find in most novels. When I don’t write I get sick for some reason, and so the process starts again: but most of all, I love reading.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Jiggery Pokery?

I’d never written anything like Jiggery Pokery before, so I turned to several history books on the subject of Matthew Hopkins that I had collected over the years. I kept a scrapbook of sorts, filled with events garnered from the various books, that eventually became a timeline. I saw things that I could re-create, events that I could invent entirely, and people who I could probably just ignore. The emphasis was always on telling the kind of story that would feature in a Victorian novel. In other words I looked for the melodramatic, and the religious, and worked from there.    


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Jiggery Pokery?

The whole book was challenging, but in particular the writing of the first draft. I found the subsequent drafts, where I expanded the novel greatly, to be rather simple for some reason. I dictated a great deal of the book using Microsoft Word in order to give the book an oral quality. And it was this that was, perhaps, most difficult to edit—because we don’t write how we speak! 


What do you like to do when not writing?

My favourite thing to do when not I’m writing is either reading Doctor Who novelizations that you can get real cheap online, or watching whatever strange film I’ve come across in my cinematic travels. I’m not a fan of modern films because they lack a creative intelligence that the old masters—Kurosawa, German, Tarkovsky, Lumet, Kubrick—seemed to live by on pain of death. Lynne Ramsay is probably the best living filmmaker, and I enjoy her films very much. But there’s more to life than screens, whether big or small, and I enjoy going for long walks with my partner: we live in Cornwall so there are beautiful places to go in every direction. I’m very fortunate to live in this part of the world. And I’m even more fortunate when I get to do some teaching for my university. I think teaching is the best pleasure in the world. I take it far more seriously than writing novels, and I love it.         


Where can readers find out more about your work?

The easiest way to find out about my work is by Googling my name, or by searching for my author profile on Amazon. All I have to offer is in my novels, so I don’t have a website, but I’m always happy to do readings and answer questions. Come Christmas I will have published three novels, and I’ll be posting the trailer for Nakadai in the coming months on my “Walker Zupp” YouTube page ( Go ahead and subscribe, because that way you’ll see all the trailers for upcoming books I’ve written, as well as any appearances I make at conferences.  

I’ve also included the little trailer I did for Jiggery Pokery:

When Blood Runs Cold

Detective James Raymond thought he had already seen the worst the world had to offer. With the sky falling down around him, his life now imploded, he didn't think there was much else that could hurt him. Nothing else that could make him feel fear. His worst fears had already come true, or so he thought, until a case came across his desk. A case that would bring him face to face with the Devil himself.

Memory Layne (Author Interview)


Any plans to turn it into a series?

I have a mystery adventure series with my Emerson Moore character and wanted to write in a different style with a character fighting Alzheimer disease.  More of a heartwarming approach.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

I wanted to capture his old truck with the horse trailer and his golden Lab on board the ferry boat that he once captained. It’s a contrast between strength (the huge ferry) and weakness (the rusty truck and trailer). It’s meant to make the reader wonder what’s going on with that old truck?


What will readers get out of your book?

How good family values overcome the challenges of health issues and evil family interactions. There’s a thread of family love that runs through the novel.


What motivated you to become a writer?

I’ve wanted to write since I was 8-years-old and wrote skits in high school and college. While working in corporate public relations, I wrote plays and skits for my church, I also wrote articles for a number of boating magazines. My first book Rainbow’s End was released 20 years ago. I’m not working on my 18th novel.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Memory Layne?

Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook inspired me as well as family and friends with Alzheimer disease. Their battles to overcome it were filled with sadness and, at times, humor. I tried to incorporate those moments in Memory Layne.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Memory Layne?

The biggest challenge was balancing the poignant moments with the humorous moments. Zeke Layne was the teller of tall tales and a prankster, but he had those moments with memory loss and difficult confrontations with his stepdaughters and their biker boyfriends.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I enjoy traveling to the Lake Erie islands, Key West and the Caribbean to hang out with my treasure hunting friends. I’m also a researcher and enjoy getting ready for the next book – and interviewing subject matter experts.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

There’s more information about my books at where my books can be purchased with free shipping.

Memory Layne was named Best Fiction Novel (under 70,000 words) in June at the Next Generation Indie Awards.

Cat & Jet (Author Interview)

Cat & Jet looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it? 

It’s the tale of a true professional burglar who lands in more trouble than she can handle alone.  So she has to reach out to her true love who just happens to work for Interpol.


How many books do you have planned for the series?

As long as people enjoy reading Cat and Jet stories I’ll keep writing them.  I love the characters and settings.  Cat has a unique propensity for trouble and Jet can never bring himself to not come to the rescue.


How long did it take you to write Cat & Jet

About two months.  Cat and Jet was one of those rare titles that writes itself.


What inspired you when writing Cat & Jet

I love crime stories on BBC, I don’t write for BBC 4; giggle; so I made my own.


Can you tell us a little about Cat? 

She’s a middle aged English woman at the peak of her game.  She describes herself as having the body of a movie star and the face of a house wife.  Smart, experienced and able, she has only one weakness, her love for Jet. 


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Cat & Jet?  

I wanted to explore the idea of a true professional criminal, it had to be a female and older, life has happened to this woman and she has survived.  She can flow through the criminal underworld.  Also I wanted to write about an Interpol agent around the same age.  A great agent with any number of arrests to his credit.  He wants’ to be thought of as cool, suave and capable but for all his brilliance he is only those things to Cat.  The idea of these two making a great time while on opposite sides of the law makes for a great story I think.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Cat & Jet

Interpol procedures and policies.  I found myself reading the history of Interpol and how it operates so I could have Jet break those regs in a believable way.  Also modern electronic security, it had to make sense how it worked and how Cat foils it.


What do you like to do when not writing? 

I race bikes, climb, hike, take care of my cat.  My little girl and I build models, write together and enjoy painting miniatures.


Where can readers find out more about your work? 

There are two really good places to go first is my website at or my author central page at

The Hellfire Club (Author Interview)

The Hellfire Club looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?


Logan McAllistar an ex- Army hero is released early from prison on parole and sets out for revenge of the Crime Lords that he believes set him up. His girlfriend a high-class call girl has gone missing he fears she has been killed after a ‘Trick’ went wrong. He wants answers!

The Crime lords blame him for a missing drug shipment from the Russian mafia who want their money or a pound of flesh. They also know that he has taken sensitive video tapes from their London ‘HellFire Club’ containing secretly activities of high-profile people worth their weight in gold.

Enter Liberty Bell young dynamic, sexy and aggressive investigative reporter from New York who teams up with a lifetime policeman whose career is on the decline. They form an unusual relationship and together want to find McAllistar and secure the tapes for her big story and for DI Eager to bring the Crime Lords down and revive his career.

They are not the only ones. The CIA and a US rogue hit team, the corrupt police, MI5, Russian Mafia, and KGB plus the Met Police all want those tapes.

The chase is on!


Any plans to turn it into a series?

ANS: Yes, book 2 The Cleansing List- Hellfire Club part2 was launched on 30th of June this year. It follows on from the first and is set in both the US and UK.

 Book 3 is planned, and I am writing a movie script (first time I have done this).


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

ANS: It represents the eventual burning down of the modern-day Hellfire Club created by the UK gangsters in an old Abbey. Two groups of competing gangs have a fire fight at the Abbey known later by the media as THE SHOOT OUT AT THE OK ABBEY. The Abbey is burnt down to cover up what it was as the police attend the shooting.

The lady was captured there and is escaping.

What inspired you when writing The Hellfire Club?

ANS: The people I have met and worked with around the world, both good and bad. I believed that I could use my experiences of and with them and meld together a very interesting story.

I think the greed and corruption we all witness day to day whether it be politicians, corporate moguls of just crooks. The constant sexual weaknesses of men in power and the perversion that is all around us, mostly hidden.

I was a sixteen-year-old Police Cadet when the infamous Kray twins passed through our county. I listened to the radio of the police cars following and have been interested in the London underworld since.


Can you tell us a little about Logan McAllistar?

ANS: Logan McAllistar is an ex British Marine, hero of actions in the Northern Irish troubles and regimental boxing champion. A hard but very decent and quiet man of few words. He accepts a job when he leaves the Army as security chief at the Blue Haven adult entertainment club which his then friend jointly owns with his brother. His friend later turned to the dark side of criminal life.

He came from Sheffield a dirty Yorkshire industrial steel city at the time. His mother was an alcoholic and dad used to beat him badly. His only escape was a holiday for poor city children on a farm with a couple who became his Aunty and Uncle and showed him love.

Wrongly accused of stealing from a small shop as a young man, he is given the choice of going to Borstal (youth prison) or joining the boys army, which he did.

The book starts with Logan years later, walking back at night in Derbyshire County to the farm after being released from prison. He had been set up and now needed to plan his revenge from a cottage his aunt and uncle gave him called McAllistars Cottage – the original name of the book.


What will readers get out of your book?


I hope the readers will come to love the four main characters, that come together as an ‘odd bod’ team in the book. Liberty Bell is a young aggressive and sexy New York investigative reporter, Logan McAllistar Army veteran, Detective Inspector Eager a middle-aged policeman fighting for his career and Gavin Hastings the ultimate tabloid newspaper editor.

There are twists and turns and ups and downs, some comedy, but what I hope most is the reader will get to know and appreciate the depth I have built into the characters and the interplay between them. There are also an interesting mix of good guys and bad guys.

I have used areas of interest in England to provide a colorful background.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in The Hellfire Club?

ANS: After I was shot three times in the back in South Africa I just started writing and the ideas just flowed. I never get writer’s block and I never plan or sketch out the chapters in the book.

As crazy as it sounds, I feel that a ‘spirit’ writes with me and I just type.

I live near one of the original Hellfire Clubs in High Wycombe and have visited it as it is now a tourist attraction. They say that Benjamin Franklin was a guest there at one time!

The characters are loosely based on people I have met and, in some cases, worked with. I have lived on five continents and spent eight years in Los Angeles in corporate.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Hellfire Club?

ANS: No, it just flowed.


What do you like to do when not writing?

Father and family man. Love to cook, reading and advising on business when needed.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

ANS: The site had problems and needs updating which I will do over next few weeks.

I have written four children’s books – Big Charlie, Little Charlie and Fred (on Amazon), Skelton Skars – Viking boy – The Great Jewelry Heist, The Kraken and Searching for Viking Treasure- three books which I want to self-publish.

I have also two Curtis Blaine Private Detective adult novels ready, Nite Flite and The Algebra Killer. I have offers but I am unsure whether to self-publish or go with a publisher.




Come See the Light (Author Interview)

Come See the Light looks like an exciting young adult, science fiction book.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Come See The Light is a story about, among other things, uncertainty, duty, self-discovery, friendship, and hope. It’s based on a short film I made back in 2016. It’s set in a future where all non-biological electricity suddenly vanishes. No lights, computers, cars, or any such forms of technology are possible, resulting in humanity reverting to old-west style living. Our hero is a young girl named Maya (after the mother of Buddha), born well into the aftermath of the event known as The Wave, which demolished all the power. She finds the location of the machine that caused it all and sets out on a journey to find it, along with her loyal and helpful fox companion, Inari. Along the way, she will see how the world has adjusted to the sudden change and will decide if power may be restored or not. She must learn from her experience and make a choice herself. 


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Indeed, there are. I am working on a prequel story about Inari the fox and her upbringing. What made her the fox we know in the first book, and what contributes to her intelligence and empathy. After that, I plan to work on a direct sequel to the main story.


How long did it take you to write Come See the Light?

I started writing the book in January 2021 and hammered out the first draft in about six months. I would have taken less time were it not for a bad case of writer’s block towards the ending. Once I finally completed the first draft, I showed it to as many friends and family members as possible for feedback and editing notes. Especially my dad and my “first-cousin,” both of whom are my primary collaborators and have been instrumental in helping me craft the story. From there, as they say, the key to writing is re-writing, and I spent the rest of the year working on editing and making changes to tell the best story possible. After about twenty drafts, I felt it was finally ready and began preparing it for the book's release in July of 2022.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Thank you for the compliment. The cover was crafted by an incredibly talented Ukrainian cover artist named Rebecacovers. I found her on and was impressed with her work. I had a different cover originally crafted by another talented artist, Jonathan Herzog, whom I met through a mutual friend. I liked his original cover, but my editor commented that it didn’t match the intended tone of the story, and by the time I completed the book, I had wholly changed Maya’s character design. So, I went with the present cover but offered Jonathan a chance to feature his artwork in the book's appendix. I have also promised him that if I ever produce a graphic novel adaptation of the story, I will want him to illustrate it for me.


Can you tell us a little about Maya?

Maya is an amalgamation of many influential fictional characters and non-fictional people in my life. She is compassionate, capable, and always wants to do the right thing, no matter how challenging it may be. 

Her first technical appearance was in the original short film I made, portrayed by my friend Sarah Liz Amoroso, who also wrote the forward for the book. Maya is also influenced by my older sister and niece, two of the strongest and kindest women I know. 


Maya’s primary fictional inspiration was from my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film, NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind. Both are women characters skilled at survival, are capable fighters, compassionate, and have a natural charm with animals, not to mention the post-apocalyptic setting.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Come See the Light?

After my friends and I made the short film for the San Jose 48-Hour Film Project, we originally intended to write and produce a feature-length film version. Sadly, due to several conflicts and issues (including the pandemic), we never got around to making it happen.


So, I decided to take the newly found spare time I had to bring our grander story to life but in book form. 


The story was mainly influenced by my first solo road trip to Ashland, Oregon I took back in 2018. Many of the landmarks mentioned in the book were places and things I noticed and admired on the trip. 


I also took some inspiration from my favorite video games, The Last of Us and Assassins Creed. The latter is in the use of Maya’s hidden blade weapon. That was intended as a subtle jab at Ubisoft’s blatant and terrible sexism when they claimed they don’t have a woman lead character in one of their most successful game franchises because “Women don’t sell!” I may have taken offense to that remark. 


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Come See the Light?

My biggest challenge, among others, was honing the discipline to keep moving. The most important lesson from my experience is best described in a line from one of my favorite movies, Finding Forester, delivered by the late Sir Sean Connery. The line goes, “The first key to writing is to write; not to think," meaning it’s more important to power through the first draft than it is to stop every five minutes wondering if what you’re writing is any good at all. 


There is a tendency to be afraid of what you’re writing and to constantly stop and think about how you could make it better in the heat of the moment. The problem with that mentality is that you can spend so much time on a single paragraph trying to “improve” it before moving on to the next one; by the time you finally do move on, you’re already exhausted and probably don’t feel like doing anymore. 


This mentality can cause one to never even finish the first draft because they spend too much time trying to make it good when that’s not the goal of any first draft. 


The first draft is a skeleton, and every subsequent draft is a process of adding muscle, flesh, and details to form it into a beautiful and exciting living thing. 


What do you like to do when not writing?

I enjoy performing in theater, making videos and films with my friends, and swimming. I’m also fond of hiking and traveling whenever possible.

I also pride myself as a coffee enthusiast with many ways of making good coffee. Presently, I work at Nespresso as my day job, and I love it wholeheartedly.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I graduated from the Foothill College Theater Conservatory, an intense two-year training program for actors, and they have been the best two years of my life (so far).

 I performed in choir as a 1st tenor in High School.

 My grandmother was a librarian and possessed walls of books.

 My favorite movie of all time is Ronin (1998).


Where can readers find out more about your work?

My website where you can find links to my book. You can also find a link to my blog where I review movies and discuss all things cinema.

You can also see some of my previous video & film work on my production groups YouTube Channel for Dragon Farm Productions.

The Wooden Chair (Author Interview)

The Wooden Chair looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us about the story?


Female Power



Women emancipation

This is about a married woman who wears and drags - washes, cooks, cleans, raises children etc etc. Her husband just goes and tenses up and tries to look potent both at work and at home. When he goes to town he always walks a bit wide-legged and his stomach he tries to move to the chest so people will think he is a real man

One day she sees a painting called The Wooden Chair

Then she thinks and askes herself and decided to…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

------  ask her husband “to go to hell”!!!!

She  sells the house and everything YES ALL OF IT  but keeps a wooden-chair. She is now sitting on the wooden chair looking on out on the future

 It will be  a new start -  a new life   -  Oh Yes it will be


What can you tell us about the cover?

The whole is about that a women wants a new life. She has taking her decision. The past is past everything is sold out except a wooden chair where she will sits. One can see a blurry gray house that disappears into the fog of oblivion. The house represents what has been


What type of readers would enjoy your book?

People who are intressted in genus, female emancipation and female pover. It is great debat   about these things all over the world


 Can you tell us a little about the main character?

A fundamentally independent woman who dares to shatter ingrained illusions, realizes her true self and has the courage to take the consequences and break away from socially destructive values


How did you come up with the story and ideas in The Wooden Chair?

 I became interested many years ago in women's rights. My daughter was downgraded and boys were upgraded when assigning resources. It must be wrong that 50 percent of the world's population, women, are subordinate to the other 50 percent, but. Women are de-prioritised in health care, education, finance, politics etc. etc. The picture and the story are thus part of a gender debate


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Wooden Chair?

 The Wooden Chair represents both and  end and a new start and the importance of being honest with yourself




The Hotel (Author Interview)

The Hotel  looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Joe Forester?

Joe is your average middle-aged guy? Is a little frustrated with religion, a little frustrated with life and trying to uncover the mysteries that he sees in life, including the mysterious Hotel. He eventually discovers things about himself, maybe we could call that self-discovery, and in the process learns more about the hotel


Any plans to turn it into a series?

I have ideas about drilling down with some of the characters such as JD, the "businessman.". I'm currently writing a different novel called The Diner about a single woman in a small town trying to discover herself.


What inspired you when writing The Hotel?

I was personally investigating the hotel, kind of like Joe does in the novel. There are many mysterious things and curious stories, and details left out. It sparked my curiosity, so I investigated further, found some facts, and then filled in all the details, including those from the 1920s and 1930s. 1920s and 1930s. I tried to imagine what the characters were faced with and what decisions they had to make. I thought " what would I do in this situation?"


Can you tell us a little about the message in the story?

Message is that the true mysteries always lie within, whether that is within an old hotel or within us. Us. For healing to happen, we must face what is in the darkness and bring it out into the light. 

We also don't know what we would do in a situation until we're faced with that situation.


What will readers get out of your book?

It is history with a mystery! I hope readers will enjoy the ride like I did. While I was writing it. I woke up everyday thinking "I wonder what's going to happen next.".  There are several surprises and twists long way to keep the reader engaged.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in The Hotel?

The bones for the story were in the actual facts about the real hotel. But there was just enough mystery to give me free reign to explore from my imagination and imagine what it would have been like. Ultimately, adventures can't be planned, real adventures are when we find something. We didn't expect, something that did something for us we didn't even know we needed.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Hotel?

I wanted to make sure I was true to history, thankfully there are editors that kept me on track. I wanted to let my imagination run free, but I also wanted it to make sense historically.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I've been many things, including a pastor. When I went through somewhat of a midlife crisis, it caused me to go inside and investigate some of the trauma in my life. That may be why some of the characters in this book deal with their past, because I had to.  

Whether it's gangsters, ghosts or gremlins, to we all deal with something, eventually


Where can readers find out more about your work?

The best place is:


The Deviant (Author Interview)

The Deviant looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The Deviant is this wild tale of sex abuse in the workplace. The difference is, the woman is the abuser. She’s rich, powerful and well connected. But there is something very wrong with this woman, whose name is Jayne. She gets a thrill from debasing the young ambitious men who work for her. 



Any plans to turn it into a series?

It’s an interesting idea that I haven’t really explored. I think it might be fun



How long did it take you to write The Deviant?

Some of it is autobiographical, so it went pretty quickly, about three months.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Thanks so much. The story is set in Washington, D.C., during the crack-murder years. The woman pictured is a fictionalized version and a composite of people I have worked with. Although no one I have ever worked with was a sex abuser.


What inspired you when writing The Deviant

The Deviant began as a dare. My daughter said I bet you can’t write the Harvey Weinstein saga from the opposite view. I sat down and in three months had it all finished.


Can you tell us a little about the main character in the book?

The protagonist is named Eric Berger, a reporter for a big Washington, D.C., newspaper. He’s driven to expose corruption and slime at any level. It’s what drives him. The antagonist is the editor-in-chief of the paper. She offers him the best beats at the paper and other avenues to fame if he’ll comply with her sexual demands.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Deviant

The Deviant was the easiest and by far the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book or anything else. It was not at all difficult.



What do you like to do when not writing?

I am a dedicated beach bum. I hike and swim and fish when I can.

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