Share a little about your writing journey.
I’ve been writing a long time. I’ve told this story many times before, but I don’t ever get tired of it. I started out by writing an alternate ending to a book I was reading. I don’t recall which one. This was an exercise I did many times early on. For whatever reason, I didn’t like the ending and figured I could have done it better. So I did. From there I wrote a few short stories and a teleplay, and then I decided to take the plunge and write a novel. I started by writing the outline and making a list of characters and the sequence of events. Then I jumped right into it. That turned out to be Murder at the Ocean Forest. I wanted to go the traditional route of getting an agent and publishing through a publishing house. That didn’t go the way I was wanting or that I liked, so I decided to be an indie author. But this process took me a couple of years to come to this decision, and in the meantime I had started The Versailles Conspiracy then stopped then started again. Once I got focused again and finished that one, I went on to The House of Dark Shadows and The Maynwarings. But while I was working on these last two, I also was working on Conversations on the Bench in that I was doing interviews with Mr. Clinger from time to time. So there were a few things going on simultaneously over the years.