I see you wandered into my kitchen. Maybe you found the Cyber-bistro because a friend recommended this place or you just want to know a little bit more about the chef who cooks up all these stories. I hope you enjoy visiting and you come back often.
Here are some frequently asked questions I receive when I meet new friends or old friends who are curious about my life as a writer...
Question: Why do you write every day?
Answer: For me, writing is like breathing. It's natural. I get a great deal of personal fulfillment from my daily writing activities.
Question: Why are you writing fiction?
Answer: My first book, God's Black Sheep Squadron, was well-received. The biggest lesson I learned from the experience is that when you involve the people you love in your books, you may alienate them because you're violating their privacy. I decided that from now on all my characters will be fictional. Any resemblance to living people is purely a coincidence. There's an open invitation for friends and family to notify me if they would like to be included in my future stories, however, no real names will be used.
Question: What inspired you to write your first novel?
Answer: The Holy Spirit inspires all my writing. My own personal journey began the day I asked the Holy Spirit to show me who I am in God's eyes. After the prayer request, I opened my Bible and discovered my alter-ego – a man possessed by demons. I'm reminded of this every time I look in a mirror. You will have to read the book for the rest of the story.
Question: Why do you publish your chapters for free?
Answer: My goal is to reach as many readers as possible and to draw them into the story. All of us are searching for something. We want to know why we are here. My story may help others answer these questions.
Question: What do you do when you're not writing?
Answer: I have a day job working in the marketing/membership department for a large company. They prefer to remain anonymous so I don't share much about this part of my life. Most of the people I work with don't even know I'm a writer. I enjoy spending time with my wife and three adult children. I'm planning some public speaking appearances about my life as a writer once this book is written, re-written, edited and published.
Question: Do you like living in the Midwest?
Answer: Yes. I feel like I belong here. The people here are really friendly and welcoming. I do miss my friends and family on the West coast and hope to visit them soon.
Question: Why did you create the Cyber-bistro?
Answer: This place is in honor of my father, the founder of Mulligans bar in Arizona and the first member of my family to self-publish. Mulligans was like Cheers, a place where everyone knows your name. The Cyber-bistro is like Mulligans except there are no bricks or mortar. Dad organized a group of so-called poets. They met every Friday to share their prose. Yes, dad's spirit resides within these cyber walls. If you listen closely, you may hear his voice, especially if you're visiting on St. Patrick's Day, his favorite day of the year. If he were still here, he would say to you, "take your coat off and stay awhile." I hope you do.