You were a policeman then became a lawyer and now a writer. What made you become an author? Did you always have an interest in writing or was it something you fell into?
After so many years of writing reports as a police officer and drafting pleadings and briefs as an attorney, not writing seemed unnatural. Besides, I loved reading crime novels so, after retiring from being a state attorney and, at my wife’s urging, I began writing novels.
Of the two books you’ve written, which one was your favorite to write and why?
Cornered was my favorite because it’s set in the city where I worked as a police officer. Doing the research and scouting the various settings brought back a truckload of memories from those days. Also, it put me back in touch with some of my former police colleagues, one of whom is now the Chief there.
You’ve led such an interesting life in law and law enforcement. What was your inspiration for Cornered? Can you tell us a little bit of how the idea came about for it?
The idea was two-fold. First, I wanted to write a story about the agency where I used to work - Temple Police Department. Second, I’d read about and was familiar with actual stories about the trafficking of females from both a law enforcement perspective and from cases as a prosecutor and defense attorney.
What do you love most about being a writer? Least?
Character creation is probably the one thing I love the most about writing. The least favorite thing has been promoting the books.
What writer inspired you most and how?
Actually it’s a draw between Michael McGarrity and James Hayman. Both are crime mystery/thriller authors. McGarrity’s books contain the best setting descriptions I’ve ever read. Hayman does an outstanding job with character creation and building suspense. Both men have counseled me on various aspects of being an author.
If you could give just one piece of important writing advice to an aspiring writer, what would it be?
The most important piece of advice I can think of giving is for an aspiring writer to read a lot of other authors in his/her genre to see how they do it.
What is a favorite book you enjoyed reading and would recommend without hesitation? Why?
Total Control by David Baldacci was one of my favorite books from a suspense viewpoint. His story build-up was fairly quick and continuous. It was also one of the first crime thrillers I ever read.
In closing, will you tell us about your latest projects Gone Wrong and Speak No Evil? We’d love to hear about it.
Gone Wrong and Speak No Evil will be my first foray into the mystery genre. Gone Wrong will be set in Fort Worth, a city where I practiced criminal defense. The protagonist, an assistant district attorney, learns the hard way that everything isn’t as it seems. Speak No Evil will be a sequel to Cornered. In it, Detective Brady’s childhood past plays a major role in the “why” for the crime he investigates. It’s a past he had hoped would never re-surface.