You’ve written about vampires and werewolves in The Blood Maker and the Witch’s Curse and cowboys in The Bastard Boys of Montezuma, what would you say is your genre?
Great question. If it helps to add confusion, I’m writing an adventure romance at the moment, I have a Middle-Grade fantasy on the back-burner, and a suspense novel that I’m anxious to start. To answer your question, I’m not sure that I have a specific genre that I’m tied to–at least, not like Nicholas Sparks with romance or Stephen King with horror. I enjoy writing whatever I get excited about, regardless of the genre.
Where do you come up with your ideas?
I listen to people telling interesting stories. I might take a tiny bit of this story and mix it with a tiny bit of that story and make up a lot of the rest to come up with something I think is worthy of a novel.
As far as where do I come up with specifics? I’m not sure, things just pop into my head and I’m like, “That would make a neat book.” And sometimes I wake up from a dream that gives me a great idea.
What’s your favorite book?
That’s a tough one. I have lots of favorites for different reasons. If I had to choose the one book that got me interested in reading, it would be Robert Westbrook’s Rich Kids.
Who’s your favorite author?
Again, this is a tough question. I do really love John Grisham, Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Nicholas Sparks, Hemingway, Tolkien, Poe, Roald Dahl, Dan Brown, Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and even Dr. Seuss. My favorite would have to be Elmore Leonard’s crime fiction.
Did you really live next to a squirrel man?
Yes! He had a dilapidated pole barn behind his house. He said, “I used to bury them, but I don’t anymore.” It looked like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre took place on the squirrels of Pet Cemetery.
What’s your favorite Western?
Movie-wise? Tombstone. Nothing beats Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday. Book-wise? I enjoy Elmore Leonard’s stories. I also loved the novel version of A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Why do you write?
Because I’m horrible at golf.
If you could have dinner with five people living or dead, who would it be and why?
Jesus Christ: There are a million questions, like who killed J.F.K.? Plus, I hear he makes great wine.
Ronald Reagan: I want to know how he would feel about politics today.
Dave Chappelle: I would need someone to break the mood and make everyone laugh.
Steve Harvey: I would want him to INTRODUCE JESUS to everyone.
Ellen DeGeneres: I just love her.