I write crime fiction and young adult fiction.
I live in Los Angeles with my girlfriend Phoebe and our dog “Dio.” I love writing and I write almost every day. I also work in the addiction/mental health field, which I find very rewarding.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, but for a long time I focused on songwriting. I’ve written a significant catalog of songs and played tons of shows in Nashville. However, my love of storytelling really led me to writing novels. Today, I only write books. I haven’t opened a guitar case in months.
Tell us about your book, and the story behind writing it
Dirtis a super-gritty crime fiction about LAPD undercover officer Christopher Parker, known on the streets as “Dimitri Cavanaugh.” It’s a story that is not for the faint of heart. Dimitri excels at his work, and maybe enjoys it a little too much. He finds himself torn between his two lives. Ultimately, it’s story of personal struggle between good and evil.
I wrote “Dirt” while in Florida. My father lives there and has a room that I use to write in sometimes. I was there working on my book “The Mayor of Winchester Gates.” “Dirt” sort of interrupted that. The idea came to me and wouldn’t let me set it aside. I ended up working half the day on each book for months.
What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?
The biggest challenge to being a writer is finding your audience. Readers are a select group of folks. Everybody can easily sit down and watch a movie, but to read a book requires effort. My job is to make the readers effort worthwhile and enjoyable. I’m extremely grateful to the kind people who take the time to read my work.
Do you have a specific writing area?
I have the typical desk and computer setup, nothing fancy. The only real requirement that I have is silence. I find it very difficult to write with any type of noise in the environment. Much of writing is thinking – intense focus, and I find that I need very peaceful surroundings to produce quality writing.
What’s your number one piece of writing advice?
Never show anyone a first draft. In my experience, first impressions are nearly impossible to erase. Few people have the ability to read for content only and overlook errors. It’s best to re-write and edit over and over, then show a finished product. People will say that they understand it’s a work in progress, but they really don’t.
What books do you currently have on your bedside table?A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy Bandits by Elmore Leonard
Who have been your biggest writing influences and why?
Elmore Leonard is my single biggest writing influence. His characters extend off the page. It’s all about quirk and dialogue with Elmore, and I absolutely love that. Great characters and interaction are a huge part of great stories.
I’m also influenced by Cormac McCarthy and Faulkner. Their absolute mastery of the English Language boggles my mind. I’ve also read a lot of Stephen King and he probably wins MVP due to his all-around ability as a storyteller. Horror is his specialty, but his body of work touches so many genres. He’s an amazing workaholic writer. His body of work is stunning.
How do you market your writing?
I take out advertisements. It’s rough because I’m currently not a rich man, so a $50 ad really hurts. But, I’m really not into promoting on social media, all the “Look at me” posts, I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’m just not that guy. So, I buy ads.
Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?
I’m an avid motorcyclist. I ride a lot, about 20,000 miles annually on my Harley. I absolutely love to ride through the canyons of the Los Angeles Mountains. I especially like to ride in the middle of the night. I ride Malibu Canyon almost every evening. I’m also a dog-lover, always have been.
By Todd Lincoln Richards
A super-gritty crime thriller about L.A.P.D. undercover officer Christopher Parker – better known as Dimitri Cavanaugh.
As the pressure of his assignment begins to take its toll, Dimitri finds himself questioning his moral compass. The profitability of his cover is intoxicating. Dimitri’s perseverance of justice is tempered with a sense of belonging as he becomes surprisingly competent on the other side of the law. The seedy underbelly of Los Angeles is the backdrop as Dimitri finds the differences between right and wrong to be more conflicting than expected.
Before the assignment ends, will his loyalties have changed? More importantly, will he get out alive?
Dirt is a stand-alone novel, beginning with Dimitri Cavanaugh entering his undercover assignment, and culminating with a shocking and abrupt end for the need of his services. This one’s a page turner.