What type of law do you practice?
I'm an administrative trial lawyer, primarily working in the disability area. I've been practicing law for 25 years. I'm also a mediator, assisting people in alternate dispute resolution and Christian conciliator who helps Christians involved in disputes to resolve their conflict outside the court system.
Where is your law practice?
It's located in Charlotte, N. Carolina.
What challenges do you face being an author?
I try to keep the writing fun. I want to produce something with skill, that has the right element of realism to bring the reader into the world created. I donít think about the challenges other than just finding the time to sit at the computer. I work about 35 hours a week at the Law firm, so I write in the evenings after work.
How long did Life Everlasting take you to complete?
Itís a sequel so I had the cast of characters somewhat in place. It took 11 months to write the first draft.
Is this the last book in the series?
Yes, there are just two. As I wrote Life Support, and toward the end, I knew I couldnít wrap it up and do the story justice. I liked the characters and thought they were interesting enough to sustain a readerís interest through another book.
It was a constantly twisting love story between Alex and Ted. What made you decide who she would end up with?
I let my wife pick.
Have you experienced a real Rena?
Iíve represented a lot of unusual people but she's not based on any actual person that I've ever known.
Do any of the characters represent real people?
Yes, Ted. In the acknowledgements I mention a pianist named John Elliot. Ted looks like John. John assisted me on the technical aspects related to the classical piano music. Some of the stories that Ted tells are based upon incidents in Johnís life.
Have you experienced the music ministry?
Yes, we have a friend in N. Georgia that plays the harp. There are many people that are doing healing music ministry at various levels.
It makes sense to reach people in comas through music.
I was a little bit concerned because of Tedís technical ability, he was training for international competition, but then the injury to his hand made him more like us. He did his greatest good out of his own weakness. I want people to say, ďI'm limited too, yet God can use me.Ē Thatís what I want to show. Hopefully, somebody will be encouraged.