A. NASA engineer, User interface designer at RCA, usability manager in the Microsoft Xbox group
A. Writing novels
A. High school-Kansas City, College-Rice University, Grad school-Virginia Tech
A. Depeche Mode
A. The Simpsons
A. Having fun entertaining myself and others.
A. Drive fast, but look both ways at the intersections.
A. Being loved.
A. Losing a loved one
A. Driving a Ferrari on the Autobahn
A. HG Wells
A. My wife, but if you want someone famous, it would be Clint Eastwood
A. Basically. Uh. Like. So. You know.
A. The ability to fly
A. Every time I complete a novel
A. Balancing creativity with practicality
A. Captain Kirk
A. Homer Simpson
A. Darth Vader
A. "Mr. Lincoln, please stay home tonight."
A. Fighter pilot
A. Honesty, competence, dedication
A. Back in Black-AC/DC, You Never Even Called Me by My Name (long version)-David Allen Coe, Four Seasons-Vivaldi, In Your Eyes-Peter Gabriel, Let's Go Crazy-Prince
A. I grew up idolizing HG Wells, Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton, Larry Niven, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz.
A. Watchers-Dean Koontz The War of the Worlds-HG Wells The Stand-Stephen King Ringworld-Larry Niven Jurassic Park-Michael Crichton
A. The War of the Worlds
A. Be persistent.
A. The greatest compliment I get is when readers say they couldn't put my book down.
A. I had been looking for a story in which to feature an engineer as a hero because that's my background. One night I was watching an archaeology documentary about the search for Noah's Ark and why it's never been found when an idea sprang into my head for an alternative explanation to the mystery. I thought it was the perfect puzzle for my hero to solve. Plus I wanted to see how many things I could blow up in one thriller novel.