Can you introduce yourself to my readers a little?
I’m a Seattle-based author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. I broke into publishing in an unusual way. After my thriller novel, THE ARK, was rejected by 25 publishers in 2009, I uploaded it and two other books to the Kindle store. Within three months I had sold 7,500 copies of all three novels, which led to a four-book deal with Simon and Schuster. I was the first Kindle self-published author to be picked up by a major publishing house, and THE ARK is now published in 21 languages.
In my spare time, I act in stage plays, films, and commercials. For non-fiction thrills, I enjoy white-water rafting, snow skiing, scuba diving, and bungee-jumping. If you want to know the clue that finally tripped me up on Final Jeopardy!, track me down at the convention. Then I’ll tell you everything I know about Alex Trebek.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
THE ARK is the first in a series featuring swashbuckling former Army combat engineer Tyler Locke. In THE ARK, a relic from Noah’s Ark gives a religious fanatic and his followers a weapon that will let them recreate the effects of the biblical flood, and Tyler and archaeologist Dilara Kenner have just seven days to find the Ark and the secret hidden inside before it’s used to wipe out civilization again. Tyler will be back this summer in a new adventure called THE VAULT (July 5, 2011).
I’ve also written standalone thrillers called ROGUE WAVE and THE CATALYST (Dec 2011). In all of my stories, I depend on my engineering background to make the scientific and technical aspects of the novels as believable as possible, but my main goal is to keep the reader turning pages long into the night.
Will this be your first RT or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
This is my first RT. I’ve heard lots of good things about it from other authors, so I’m excited to see it for myself.
Are you speaking on any panels during RT? Are there any you are looking forward to?
I will be participating in Club RT, as well as signing during the Book Fair and Book Expo. I may also have pre-release copies of THE VAULT to hand out on a first-come-first-serve basis.