Usually I think about a project for at least a year before I even start researching. The story of young TR (The Making of Theodore Roosevelt) began when I was thirteen and my dad bought some land in northern Maine from William Sewall’s grandson. It took me almost twenty-five years to get around to writing it, but the entire time I read everything I could about Roosevelt, especially anything pertaining to his time in Maine.
The Light Behind Blue Circles began in my twenties as the middle book of a trilogy. Later it was separated, and a few years ago I turned it into a screenplay. This current version is my favorite.
The Wayward Traveler has allowed me to use some of the material I gathered while living the life of the traveler in Africa and Asia in my twenties. It wasn’t until I began writing that story that I realized what was truly unique about my travels: they took place over the last ten years before the internet made the world much smaller.
A few years ago a friend asked me to write a screenplay about Everett Ruess. The more I read about the young man who disappeared in the early 1930s, the more I yearned to know more. Two years later I decided to tackle the project as a historical fiction novel, and last year I published Pledge to the Wind, the Legend of Everett Ruess.
Currently I’m working on a novel about my family’s journey from New Hampshire to Alaska to Sedona after we lost our jobs. I hope to have it published by November of 2015.
My goal over the last few years was to publish five novels in five years. Considering one of the novels was almost seven hundred pages I consider it quite a task. I’ve got four out of five done, and I’m on track with the last one. After that I’ll most likely do five more novels over the next ten years. I’ve got plenty of stories floating in the back of my mind. We’ll see which one surfaces first.