Christian, thanks for being with us today. Congratulations on your novel! We’re excited to jump into this interview, so let’s get to it!
Tell about yourself in a few sentences.
I retired from a career in the US Army, served in 3 different combat zones, was awarded the Bronze Star with the 101st Airborne Division and was selected to teach at West Point. Since retiring I have written 25 scifi and fantasy novels, earning 4th place for 3rd Qtr 2012 in the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.
Do you have any formal education, credentials or honors you’d like to share? We love giving authors an opportunity to show off.
MA in Digital Communications from UNC Chapel Hill. Bronze Star for actions in combat. 4th place in the Writers of the Future Contest (quarterly).
Speaking of showing off, do you have bragging rights on anything that you’d like to share?
I have had the pleasure of seeing my 1st book be the #1 overall free book on Amazon 5
Why do you I write. Is there a philosophy behind the words?
I write because I have to. Characters and situations pop into my head and need to be
explored. Writing also serves as a way to confront PTSD. As long as fans from around the world continue
reaching out to me I’ll keep writing.
I want audiences to see the real side of war, through a fantasy or scifi setting. My goal is to produce stories that are original (ish) and offer a glimpse into the human aspect of what it takes to strap on a pack, grab your rifle, and head into the unknown.
Can you share with our readers what your favorite books are and why they’re on your list?
The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erickson has been a huge
influence on my writing for the past decade. I am also a big fan of David Weber, Terry Brooks, Tolkien,
and so many more. Their ability to create worlds where readers can become fully immersed is a goal of
Can you tell us a little about your writing style?
I like hard hitting, in your face prose with no pulled punches. Once in a while I get
carried away and turn to thought provoking exposition but my fans already understand the latent drive
to beat the odds and bring home the win in each of my books.
What’s your writing process like?
It often starts with a name. Or a place. The story evolves around that- often taking
up to 6 months before I flesh out the first half or so of the book. I try to knock out 2000 words a day and
usually have the next book in line before I finish my work in progress.
Do you have any professional and/or literary affiliations?
Standing member of the International Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and the North Carolina Writers Network (NCWN). I am also a member of the Kiwanis and the American Legion.
What’s your publication history?
I have written and published over 20 novels, numerous short stories, been in several anthologies, and have written articles for a handful of magazines.
What are you working to accomplish?
My goal is to beat the odds by getting books on the shelves in as many stores and countries as possible without going through NYC publishing.
Do you have any Works-In-Progress?
I am currently working on book 5 of the Forgotten Gods series: Under Tattered
Banners, the 3rd Lazarus Men book, and a sequel to my urban fantasy Where Have All the Elves Gone?
Anything else you’d like to let our readers know about you?
I’m direct to a fault, love great bourbon and better cigars, and
would much rather spend time with my 2 Bernese Mountain Dogs than with most of the people I know.