That depends on many factors, but mainly what else am I balancing at a given time. As much as I like to publish regularly, I find I go in spurts. Prior to 2021, I had taken a two year break from releasing anything new.You can thank the transition upon my return from Italy. I hope to rectify that in the years ahead. Granted, this is also depends on levels of motivation. This past year, I completed five different projects. Two have already been published at the time of this response, a third is a week out, and a fourth a month or two. As this is a self-published pursuit, there can be delays in editing and in cover art. If you join my mailing list, I promise to notify you when the latest book is ready.
Why do you have typos or missing words? To begin, I appreciate your patronage and reading my works. I also hope you will accept my apologies but typos are going to happen. I have several readers on my team who will assist with the editing process and while they are particularly good, we all miss some things. While some readers over the years have asked to assist, it can be time consuming for me to read their input. So while I appreciate the feedback there is a point of diminishing returns and as to how quickly I can review old material and release updated versions in addition to working on my new projects. After a fifth time reading over a book, I'm done with the project.
I will be the first to say my older books will have substantially more typos than newer works. For one I have streamlined the process, but again after my team reads over the draft I will review all the edits. Sometimes I purposely put dialogue in a certain manner. I like to play with dialogue and have no issue using different English styles, word choices, and regional dialects. I also will leave out some words intentionally depending on if the book is written in the first person and the narrator is sharing his or her story.
The point in all of this is that I'm aware of the typos. Some books will have less than others. I will aspire to release the best version of the book possible, but I'm also realistic.
Why are many of your books so colorful concerning dialogue and narration?
Are you asking me why so many of my characters swear? Truth be told aside from the Luza series, most of the books are meant for adult readers and have adult subject matter. I understand some readers prefer clean words with no vulgarity. I also know that I have lost a few readers over the years because many of my characters are not politically correct. While I see the appeal to have different versions, or to at least tone done some of my dialogue, I don't think it's true to the characters. Depending on the situation a character finds him or herself in or how that character identifies to a situation, censoring words doesn't resonate with me nor changing their behavior to fit a prescribed image or concept. I understand that some readers will avoid certain books but I will continue to use this creative liberty for my characters to be as realistic as possible.
Will there be another Luza book?
There is potential for another Luza book or two or three. I intentionally wrote the series with seven books in mind. I hope to return to the series at some point, but I'm not sure when.
What about Vincent and Christian?
Another good question. Right now there are three books. From West Virginia with Love would be the fourth if you count their appearances. I have another book planned that focuses on the two brothers, although I'm not sure when I will sit down to get that drafted, especially when I'm experimenting with different genres and have five other potential stories I'm fleshing out at a given time. I'll keep you posted on this one. Realistically it could be a while.
Your books are all over the place concerning genre. Are you going to stick with one?
I have pondered this question for well, several years. I will be the first to admit that as an indie, I should probably focus on one genre and for that matter just write series. While I know that would be the wise thing to do, creatively I follow my heart. I continue to dabble in different genres because it's where the characters lead me. Even with the Marcus Files, those were supposed to be more space opera and military science fiction books, but Tahir's special abilities have complicated some of the established genre mainstays.
I don't think I will ever restrict myself to one genre. I read across genres and whatever story develops is what I write. In the end as long as the story is told, I'm a happy author.
How long have you been writing?
I started telling stories before I was seven. My first publishing attempt was at nine in the fourth grade. They rejected me but I did get a formal letter. I guess Jolly and Bolly's Adventures were not what they were looking for. Fast forward to high school and college where I found myself focused on screenplays. After playing that game, I shifted to novels and have been writing those since 2001. So it's been twenty years, but with a more concentrated effort over the last ten. I've been indie since 2011.
How many books have you written and published?
The current count is 17 books published. This includes one book that I wrote under a pen name as a gag gift for father's day several years ago and was meant as a bonus for From West Virginia with Love. It also includes a previously published work that is going through a remodel for a penname. I also have an 18th book, a reflection on my time spent in Brindisi, Italy. I am fighting through the edits and rewrite. Eventually, it might be released or it could just be for me. In 2022, I'm hoping to release two to three new books that will be available for readers.
Where do you get your ideas?
This will sound like a copout but I get my ideas simply by experiencing life. Whether through travel, interactions with people, teaching, or just observing, I find I often will jot down a few ideas and then those will percolate for some time until a story develops.
Can I follow you on social media?
That's a million dollar question. To make my life simpler, I'm not on anything at this point save my Goodreads profile where I will share what I've been reading. It's also a means to message me as well. I used to keep a regular blog but even that takes away from writing time and getting outside for some fresh air. I was on YouTube as well and while I love hearing my voice, time is the underlying factor. I'm done with posting videos and the same with pictures on Instagram or posts on Facebook. As for tweeting, if you see my old Runningwithvinc related account, they won't let me delete the thing even though it was last used in 2014.
To be frank, I'm focused on the basics. I will do old school things such as newspapers, bookstores visits, and radio shows, but at the end of the day do you really care what I'm doing on social media? I imagine you just want my next book to be ready. If that's the case, subscribe to my mailing list for new releases.
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Where can I buy or find your books?
All four Luza books and the Marcus Files can be found at all major online vendors. May that be, Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, Scribd, Thalia, Bol.de, !ndigo, Angus & Robertson, and Mondadari.
Many of my older books can be found on paperback through Amazon. Some are also available in Ebook form primarily on Google Play and Apple.