First off, I want to thank you, JE.
It’s great that you took time from your busy schedule to talk to me.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Evelyn, thank you for featuring me on your blog. I am a husband, father and grandfather. An avid reader, I am interested in history, especially WWII and old cars. I was born, raised, and live in Texas.
When and why did you begin writing?
I had written a few short stories before, but nothing more until I started on The Special about eight years ago. I was building an old race car replica and everyone wanted to know where it came from. I started thinking about that and the story took on a life of its own. The characters wouldn't leave me alone until I started writing. They told me the story, I just wrote it down.
What inspires you to write and why?
I like history, always have, I try to visualize what it must have been like to live the events that have become our history. Most of the people I knew in school hated history, but now when I tell them about an historical event they get caught up in the story. I love it when they get hooked, that is why I write, and for myself, of course.
Why did you choose to write this particular book?
I lost my uncle, my Dad's only sibling in WWII. I was born shortly after the war and when I was little I stayed with my grandparents during the day while both my parents worked. My uncle's presence was very strong in their house. I wrote the story of my uncle and the car he built shortly before WWII trying to capture his life as I hoped he lived it.
How did you come up with the title?
The Special is the name of my uncle's race car.
Have you started another book yet?
Yes, I am actively writing what I hope becomes the first volume of a series of historical novels about the origins of WWII. My story starts in China in the early 1930's.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I have six wonderful grandchildren and I try to spend as much time with them as possible. My wife and I love to travel and of course, I have my old cars to piddle with from time to time.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I hope I see myself with a nearly complete series of historical novels about WWII!
My book is available on Amazon.com in paperback or in Kindle eBook format.