Tuesday, June 8, 2021



I was asked some writing-related questions over on Instagram. Thought I would share them here. You can follow me on Instagram at

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๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š: I have been fortunate to write multiple genres, but I always come back to thrillers. I like mixing thrillers with action, mystery, crime, adventure. Fun stuff.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™„ ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™™: I read thrillers, sci-fi, comics, media tie-ins, and pretty much anything that grabs my attention. If I fall in love with a character, I’ll be back for the entire series.

๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ: Harry Bosch, Maggie O’Dell, Alex Cross, Dianne Fallon, Domino Lady, Thor, Captain America, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Shane Scully, the list could go on and on…

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ: I like my stories to move. Character is key so I get to know them first. Dropping my characters into an action/thriller plot and seeing how they get out of it is my favorite thing.

๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ?: Sometimes. Yeah. Not always though.

๐™‹๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ๐™š๐™ง: I’m somewhere in the middle. I have a very loose plot. I know certain things that have to happen, but I let the characters determine how we get there. This allows for some interesting character developments and even a few twists and surprises. I can’t stand the word “Plantser” so I joke that they call me Captain Plotty-Pants!

๐™‹๐™ช๐™—๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™œ๐™ค๐™–๐™ก๐™จ: I’m a hybrid author. I write for publishers and also have my own indie press, BEN Books. I am working to make BEN Books grow, but I still enjoy working with publishers as well, especially when writing characters I don’t own. One of my long-term goals is that I would like to see the words “New York Times Bestselling Author” appear before my name.

๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™–๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ: That could be a long list. I’ll keep it short. Michael Connelly, Alex Kava, Gary Phillips, Van Allen Plexico, Beverly Connor, Michael Crichton, Ed Brubaker, Paul Bishop, and more. Many more.

๐™’๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ: Writer like the wind.

๐™’๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ค๐™ก๐™จ: I’m a simple guy. I write in MS Word on my laptop.

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