Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Sheridan Wyoming near the rustic Big Horn Mountain range in 1962 to Carl and Helen Hendrickson. I went to school in the Sheridan School District graduating from Sheridan High School in 1981. My athletic time was spent participating in boxing, martial arts, wrestling and a little track. My father Carl owned a small eight lane bowling alley that he ran until I was 12 years old. After losing the business to the bank he was forced to go back to school to become an English professor. i picked up on my father’s love of the written word and enrolled in Casper Community College in 1982 majoring in journalism. My Journalism background is why I write in the third person present tense. It tends to make the action more vivid and allows for multiple points of view to be seen in the story. Although I found that he had an aptitude for investigative reporting I decided that my desires lied in other areas. So I went on to do much volunteer Christian ministry work throughout the United States most of my adult life and continues to pursue those endeavors to this day. During that time, I gained another degree in Practical Theology and throughout my many ministry assignments worked several secular jobs. Most notable are auto detailing endeavors. I’ve devoted a good portion of my life to studying the martial arts. I have a black belt in 2 styles, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and a high brown belt in Han Foo Wa. I have instructed at martial arts schools off and on for over 20 years. My wife Cheryl and I have owned three different detailing businesses throughout the country the last of which we still run to this day. In the last 5 years I have returned to my passion of telling stories and have seven books published and am in the process of writing and publishing several more.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Living Legend
It is the backstory of one of my main characters in my series The Last Enemy. I really wanted to show how Captain Tommy Williams got started and why he decided to become a United States Navy Seal.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I own a business in the automotive industry and when I get to work in the morning I am the one who opens up and get my different crews started for the day. Once I get them all set for the morning I sneak off and go hide in my office to get some writing in for a couple of hours before the hustle of the day catches up and I have to get back to work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
First and foremost I am a life long student of the the Bible and have found that most western literature tend to have tie ins to the scripture whether the author intends to or not. That\’s just how much that book has effected our culture. I really love Robert Ludlum\’s Jason Bourne series, Clive Custler\’s Dirk Pitt series, and Stephen Hunter\’s Bob Lee Swagger\’s series. Also, Tom Clancy\’s books about the military are unparalleled and have always been an inspiration to me.
What are you working on now?
It is an historical fiction based on the Magi that visited the young Jesus recorded in the gospel of Matthew.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have literally tried almost everything out there. Editorial review promotions, social media, magazine adds, email, news letters, book signing, etc. Right I am in the middle of a series of radio interviews with stations all over the country.
Which Websites you like most to promote your book
I do well with onlinebookclub.org, Bargain Booksie, Reader\’s Favorite, Kirkus Reviews, Self Publishing Review and a few others.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Drive you passion and write what you love and love what you write. Everything else is secondary.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never Quit. If it is your passion don\’t give up ever!
What are you reading now?
Lots of research for my next book. Witness of the Stars by EW Bullinger, and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed by Victor Paul Wierwille
What’s next for you as a writer?
More Books, always more Books!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible, Bourne Identity, Hunt for Red October, Point Blank