The author is a 43 year-old United States Air Force veteran of the first Iraq War. This is his debut novel in the Twinfinity urban fantasy series. He was born and raised in south-eastern Michigan and served his country in California, Germany, and Turkey.
Whitney Leighton has a secret. She is both blind and deaf but that’s not what she’s trying to keep hidden. Her secret is that she can both see and hear through her twin brother Tommy. They call it piggybacking because she can shift her consciousness into her brother’s mind.
Whitney’s not the only one with a secret; Tommy has one too and it’s Whitney that he’s keeping it from. His secret is that Whitney isn’t who she’s supposed to be. He has dreams of her, but in his dreams she has tattoos, battle-scars on her face, and a formidable look of determination. If Tommy’s dreams come true then Whitney is in serious trouble and so is everyone else. The simple Whitney that is, doesn’t stand a chance against the evil that exists in his sleep, and the world will be thrust into chaos.
The teen twins end up at Camp Tumbling Waters and Lake Amicolola where something is waiting for them. Something as dark as Whitney’s vision and as insane as Tommy’s dreams and IT needs Whitney to escape the prison that IT calls … Nethermore.
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A) As with almost everything I write the original inspiration came from a singular vision of the main character. With Twinfinity it was different in the fact that the story went through a major evolution. In the beginning Whitney was named Tammy, and she was neither blind nor deaf, but the basic premise was very similar in the fact that the twins were plagued with dreams of a different world colliding with the one that they lived in, but didn’t originate from.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) I wrote the first scenes of the story about seven years ago, but let the story go for about five years. I picked it back up a couple of years ago, tinkered with it again for a while and dropped it again. It wasn’t until I realized that Tammy’s name should really be Whitney, and that she was supposed to be blind and deaf, that I was able to write the story to completion. Once I had it right it took me about seven months.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) For me writing a story is very similar to reading one. For me it is about finding out what happens in the story. I never have the entire story figured out before I write it. I explore the story as I’m writing it and it is the discovery, character development and navigating the twists and turns that keeps me going.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) Editing. For me that is the “work” of writing.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) Stephen King. And I would want to be him so I could pick the most intimate parts of his writing brain.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A) A six pack of Billy Beer. I don’t even know why I’m keeping it, but that six pack has been there since those beers were for sale.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) There is still a lot more to write in the Twinfinity series. I am currently working on the last of the shorts before I begin the second volume and I think there may be as many as ten volumes altogether for the series. That will keep me busy for quite a while.