Q: When did you begin the novels? When were they published?
I wrote the first Sexton manuscript when I was still in college. My fraternity brothers got used to the sound of my typewriter at all hours of the day and night. It was a cheap electric typewriter and for some reason I still don't understand, the 'g' stopped working. It became a great exercise...writing without using a g. I still did well on term papers, but it wasn't easy. The first novel manuscript sat ignored for more than twenty years. When I looked at it after that time, I decided it should stay buried.
The idea for the series remained. I wrote Sexton a couple of years ago.
I published Sexton, the first in the series, in July of this year. I published it as a Kindle book on Amazon's Kindle store. Self-publishing wasn't an easy decision, but I decided I had waited long enough. The economy has hit traditional publishing hard. I took it as a bad sign when I saw brand authors like Stephen King and John Grisham on talk shows like the Today Show, trying to sell their books. My thought was that if those guys are having a tough time, publishers were probably being tougher than ever in terms of accepting unsolicited manuscripts from unknown authors.
I decided not to wait for the economy to improve before doing something with my books. My wife—a great source of encouragement and always my biggest fan—strongly suggested I do something with my work. I had a stack nearly two feet high: completed drafts of 3 novels. It was time. I published one in July, one in August, one in September, one in October, and one in November.