A. I'm a professional used to be. I spent a couple of years as a firefighter and that was one of my favorite jobs.
A. Madison High School in San Diego; several colleges but I took my undergraduate degree from Southern California Bible College and my M.A. from California Graduate School of Theology.
A. Composer: Beethoven; musical artist: Beatles.
A. An oldie: Forbidden Planet (1956). I saw it for the first time ten years after it debuted. (I was only 3 when it came out.)
A. Right now? Eureka
A. A man searching for a life changing story.
A. Stories that make you think.
A. To have the love of my family; to be involved in a creative work; to know my purpose.
A. San Diego, California, my hometown.
A. In some ways, Teddy Roosevelt: sickly kid, turns writer, becomes president.
A. My wife. She is courage personified.
A. I over use the word "look;" and the phrase, "he turned."
A. Starting my writing career so late. I wish I had begun in my twenties.
A. The ability to play a musical instrument well.
A. My kids--all adults now.
A. Finances. I've never been able to care about money.
A. I like to think it's my humor.
A. A younger, smarter me.
A. That's for others to say, however, many have mentioned my voice. I have a big mouth and a radio voice.
A. Perry Sachs. He starred in three of my novels.
A. Jesus, and I'd say, "Thank you for everything. I don't deserve it."
A. The phrase "exactly the same." If it is exact, then it is the same; if it is the same, then it is exact, otherwise it would only be similar.
A. Reading magazines and books; working in my wood shop when I have time.
A. I spent 10 years in architecture and often I find that I miss the work.
A. Spirituality, honesty, humor.
A. Believe it or not, the Eagles "Hotel California"; "It is Well with My Soul," and any choral arrangements by Beethoven.
A. Dean Koontz (he's a master craftsman--he doesn't know it, but he's my mentor); Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Michael Crichton.
A. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clark; Taken by Dean Koontz; Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton; Outliers (nonfiction) by Malcolm Gladwell; The Voice by Bill Myers
A. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
A. Use as few words as possible. Cut the clutter.
A. The highest praise is complaints about losing sleep.
A. I was brought on to work with Bob Cornuke. The story came from his fertile mind. I fell in love with its historical reach and the vivid characters.