Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am retired but write full time. I live in Richmond, Virginia. I began my writing career as a military journalist and have had over 120 short stories published, several plays produced and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017. A collection of my short stories is being published soon by Clarendon House Publications.
Who are some writers that inspire you?
My true inspirations I discovered early and they include W. Somerset Maugham, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Pearl S. Buck, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams, among others.
What have you written?
I have over 120 stories that have been published. The list would be too long to include here. I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for my story “The Tale of the Cabbage Patch”
Where can we buy or see them?
If you scroll down my Facebook page timeline the links to my stories in most of the ezines are provided. Also, stories that are in anthologies and print magazines have links to where to buy them.
Give us some insight into your story for the DeadSteam anthology. What makes your story unique? Perhaps you could share a brief excerpt from your story?
In my story “Greta Somerset” the main character, Greta, rises from the grave hungry for meat (human and animal).
Using all of her strength, Greta pushed on the lid of her coffin, lifting the dirt that lay on it. The boards cracked and splintered against the force of her exertion. Her long slender fingers, thin and cold as icicles, broke one by one as she shoved against the weight of the damp earth. Slowly, a fissure formed in the mound of dirt above her grave.
What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?
I am always working on a short story. My current one is a literary piece about a man who longs to return to Montevideo to walk the Rambla one last time before he dies.
What genre are your books, mainly? Are you new to the dreadpunk or steampunk genre, or have you written in the genre before?
My stories cover most genres. This is my first story in the steampunk genre.
What compelled you to write or submit a story to this particular anthology?
When I saw what the anthology was looking for an idea immediately popped into my head. I wrote the story right away and submitted it a few minutes after finishing it.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors? Do you enjoy reading the classics or do you tend to read more contemporary writers?
I don’t have much time for reading, but I try to read what my contemporaries are writing. I still favor the classics.
Where do your ideas come from?
They usually just pop into my head. I have a very active imagination.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I generally have in my head how I want the story to begin and end and I fill in the rest as I write. I have never used an outline.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Traditional paper/hard back books.
What book/s are you reading at present?
Carmen Baca’s “El Hermano”
How can readers discover more about you and you work?