Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My wife and I began writing children storybooks. We use to enjoy sitting outside in the morning and watching the birds sit on top of our block wall, taking turns at the feeder. Each bird took their turn and the scene was often comical. Our first series titled Robby\’s Quest for Seed, is a story about a flock of birds, all different types, traveling south for the winter. The birds find adventure after adventure and make some new friends along the way.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I decided to write a fiction book titled Deadly Pranks. When I was growing up, my friends and I would often spend the night outside and plan our next prank. Although the pranks in the book are more harmful, our pranks were often devious and usually very stupid. Deadly Pranks is a story about four boys growing up in Ohio and how their pranks led to a death of a local farmer. The daughter\’s of the farmer vow revenge and set out to find out the names of these boys then exact revenge on them in a form that no one would ever see coming. The local police are baffled and the boys themselves are scared out of their wits. One of the boys has asthma and since he forgot his inhaler, he dies one night. The remaining boys plot their escape when they see no hope in sight.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have never been an accomplished writer. I took several college English classes and decided to give writing a try. I believe in giving lots of detail, maybe to a fault. Right now I\’m working on another book but I often find myself struggling to write. I don\’t know how many authors have written literally dozens of books. Maybe things will get easier as I go along. I tend to continually correct my grammar as I write therefore it takes me too long to write a chapter. I need to learn to just write the book then go back and correct myself.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I\’ve read several books by Stephen King so I suppose his writing influenced me. I also like James Patterson.
What are you working on now?
All my fiction books are written around Kirtland, a small town where I grew up in N.E. Ohio. My next book is about a man who is trying to care for his elderly mother so he decides to kidnap a young girl to help around the house. He keeps the girl locked away in the basement at night and only allows her to come upstairs to do chores or help his mother. The girl however, comes from a good home and she is miserable. She will go to almost any length to get back home and to her family. She weighs her options. If she can not escape what else can she do? Can she attack the man then escape or should she just give up until the man allows her more freedom, then escape.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My website is http://www.dcrushbooks.com I have been unable to sell my books. I sold a few when I launched my second book but I have never made enough money to cover the cost of editing or making my cover. I have accounts with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.
Which Websites you like most to promote your book
None in particular
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you can find a good publicist or publisher that would be awesome. Get a lot of help and have some money to spend. The author has to pay for everything themselves. They get no help financially along the way. Learn as much as possible. Build your own book and publish it yourself on Amazon, if you have no other means.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don\’t give up, don\’t ever give up. Follow your dreams.
What are you reading now?
I\’m not reading anything right now.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Like I previously mentioned, I\’m writing the Kirtland Kidnappings. I may also try to write a non fiction book about leadership.
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?
I prefer the book Marathon Man over the movie so I would bring that book along. Same goes for Jurassic Park. I would bring along a couple James Patterson books.