Thursday, December 24, 2009
If I'm going to write, I want to write about the big questions, the questions of faith. The best way to reach a wide audience is to write fun, page-turning stories. So, I try to write exciting stories with a Christian theme.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day I married Sue. Nothing compares.
How has being published changed your life?
Getting a book published (now, three and counting), was the greatest accomplishment of my professional career. I've been blessed with a successful business law practice, but there is no kick like seeing my books on the shelves of Barnes & Noble.
I know that feeling. What are you reading right now?
Angel Time, by Anne Rice, and Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow.
What is your current work in progress?
A techno thriller, the third in my Taylor Pasbury series. Taylor finds herself in the dangerous gray area between science and faith as she protects a client who has a special gift that some foreign corporations would like to get their hands on.
What would be your dream vacation?
Anyplace with Sue and the kids, some trees, and some quiet time away from my law practice.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I like to write about Dallas, Chicago and St. Louis, because those are the places I know best. No sense re-inventing the wheel.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love sports. I played baseball, basketball and football growing up. Now, I just exercise and watch sports. Baseball is my favorite. I think I qualify as a baseball nut.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Definitely, finding time to write is my biggest challenge. I'm a full time business litigator, and it doesn't leave much spare time. As for the writing process itself, I hate writing the first draft. After that, it's all fun. If I could ever find a ghost writer to write my first drafts, I'd have it made.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Get some instruction. Learn the craft. I thought I knew how to write, but I didn't know what I didn't know about writing until I got some help from a creative writing instructor at Southern Methodist University.
Tell us about the featured book?
Taylor Pasbury stumbles onto a suicide that doesn't add up. Just as she's beginning to investigate, her mother, who ran out on Taylor and her dad when Taylor was nine, shows up on her doorstep. The reunion is less than Taylor had always pictured. Things are further complicated when Taylor's mom becomes part of the suicide investigation. Lots of action, and an important mother-daughter story, as well as a budding love story involving Taylor, who has a less than stellar record in picking men.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
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