Where did you get the idea for this book?
I realized there was nothing in the middle school fiction genre about dentistry. I combined my knowledge of dentistry and my childhood experiences. I mixed them together and created this book.
Have you gone on any literary pilgrimages?
No, sorry to say I haven’t. I am a full-time general dentist who uses most of my free time writing. That said, my favorite author is Charles Dickens, so I plan to travel someday to London to pay homage to one of the greatest writers in the western world.
What famous children’s author shares your writing style?
I guess I would have to say C.S. Lewis. His imagination is what sparked many of my ideas for the Matt Monroe series.
Do you think a person could be an author if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Absolutely not! It is only with deep emotion that a story can be developed. A book is like your child and you use everything in your emotional being to bring it into the world.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
To me, a great writer draws from his/her life experience. I am in my 60’s. Now that I have experienced most phases of life, I feel I have something to offer. That is why I only began writing a few years ago. I like people and have always observed human nature. This has been a great asset in my writing.
How did you select the names of your characters?
I use physical attributes, along with the person’s perceived personality, to name by characters. For Example the name, Agregeous Payne is a play on the words, Egregious Pain. He is a dentist who has a nasty temperament.
What was your hardest scene to write?
That’s an easy question to answer. It was the opening scene of the book. You want to set the mood for the reader, using an electrifying “hook” to entice them to continue reading the rest of the book. From the feedback I’ve received so far, I think I achieved my goal.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Narnia. I love magical worlds, and C.S. Lewis books are right up my alley. I wish I could have met him and picked his brain.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
At first, they were skeptical. But as they have read my books, I feel I’ve won them over. It’s rewarding when family and patients in my dental practice bug me about my next book, and tell me they can’t wait till it comes out.
Do you believe it writer’s block?
Yes. Writing is a strange process. Some weekends, I can outline many chapters of a book. While at other times sometimes I go blank. I think it is due to outside pressures in my life. I like total quiet when I write. My mind is too easily distracted from the work at hand.