What is your current project?
Warrior Zero. It’s a high-action novel about a smart, self-conscious teenager selected by the CIA to fight against the rising tide of terrorism and mass shootings in America.
Tell me about your protagonist.
Tommy Valley is a highly intelligent, but socially awkward, sixteen-year-old who can understand just about everything . . . except girls. Regular teen life becomes even more difficult for him when he must juggle math and English with CIA courses like advanced ballistic missiles. Soon, however, normal teenage concerns like getting a date to the homecoming dance fall away when he discovers that his hometown has a secret past . . . one that has put it in the crosshairs of a dangerous terrorist cell with a powerful chemical weapon called “Agent Black.”
In the face of this crisis, we discover who Tommy really is.
How does your antagonist create conflict?
Inflicting terror. It is a tactic frighteningly familiar in our society, but that's what brings reality and gravitas to a story. My antagonist is a terrorist whose goal is blood and death, and it is Tommy Valley's job to stop him. Tommy is the hero readers wish they had in our tumultuous times.
Why did you become a writer?
Imagination is the most brilliant aspect of the miracle that is the human mind. It expands our reality—makes us dream—and yet simultaneously brings us closer to the fabric of everyday society by letting us realize that the dreams we dream are the same dreams dreamt by strangers and friends.
To write is to encapsulate one’s imagination into words; to be a writer is to share that encapsulation with others. I write because I hope that my imagination will inspire you, challenge you, and—most importantly—entertain you.
How do you develop your plot and characters?
The story plays in my head like a movie, and I describe what I see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Your book will be great only if you love every part of it.
How can readers follow you?