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What inspired you to write your first book?

What became my first book release started as an online serial, and it was an offshoot of several short stories I had previously had published online at a fiction site. Firedrake was one of those characters that I had fun with, so I wanted to share him with others.

How much real life do you put into or influences your books?

Only a little, but that’s probably because I write about dragons who fight supervillains, gunslingers chasing demons, and alien empaths. There is an underlying current of reality, but I like to write the things I do to avoid or escape real life, and to give my readers the chance to do the same.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Finishing a project. I envy the folks who write the other Tulsa Immortals books – they seem able to produce a quality product at a speed that makes my head spin.

What are your current projects?

I am working on the second book involving Thorn and Lori, a new supernatural western featuring Jericho Sims, my haunted gunslinger character, and a tie-in with Jericho and the Tulsa Immortals shortly after the American Civil War. Also, in the planning stages is a short story focusing on Grim, a badger shifter with a death wish in the Tulsa Immortals setting, and what happens to him when he discovers something worth living for.

How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)?

A twist of a phrase frequently makes things play well for me. I’m a huge fan of bad puns, and I have to refrain from using them. Thorn in Her Side came about from the character’s name and the fact that as much as they care for each other, he can really be a pain for Lori.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Action. It’s what I cut my writing teeth on, and it’s the one place I truly feel at home when I write. Stepping into anything with romance has been a new experience. Some have said there are romantic undertones in some of my other work, but that’s based on interplay between a reptilian super-cop and a superhero in an armored battlesuit, so…

Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to publishing?

What year is this again? No, seriously, it depends on the way I write it. I managed two of the Jericho Sims stories in just over a month, then followed up to clean/edit/etc. them and had them on the market in a few months total. On the other hand, the fourth Firedrake book has been in production for two years now with no idea when I will wrap it up.