SK: Where are you from (originally?)
RH: Herscher, IL
SK: Any history of writers in your family?
RH: No. I used to exchange long letters with my Great Aunt
as a child. All we had was the Post Office back then, so
being able to write letters was a skill her and my
Grandmother drummed into me.
SK: What do you do aside from writing?
RH: Software consulting. I've been on the OpenVMS platform
for over 20 years. I've been doing a lot of C++/Qt on Linux
over the past 8 years though.
SK: Anything notable about you that you want the readers to
know about? Captained a ship? Traveled in space? Built a
RH: Nothing notable. My odd hobby, on those rare occasions I
get to enjoy it, is water well drilling. I even own a
Failing 1250 drilling rig. Even though failing is its
condition right now, that is actually the brand name. It was
made by GEFCO the George E. Failing Company.
SK: What is your true passion?
RH: passion is something for young people.
SK: Why did you start writing?
RH: My first geek books were put out by Burke Publishing. I
wrote them because the technical books put out by mainstream
publishers weren't worth a roll of Charmin. That fact has
remained constant from the 1980s through to present day.
SK: Where do you think your writing will take you?
RH: Hopefully a comfortable retirement. Then again, how does
one retire from a thing that only requires they sit in front
of a keyboard and type their thoughts?
SK: What is your next writing project?
RH: I have some geek books I'm finishing. I have also been
prodded by some of the reviewers to take John Smith to a
trilogy. While a trilogy would be nice I don't think I will
write it. I do know what the next two books need to be, but,
with the other writing tasks I wish to try, that would be a
RH: I do hope this book sells well enough that I can just
lock myself away for a year or more to work on another
trilogy I've been kicking around for years. "Twenty of Two".
When it comes to novels I tend to experiment with the
untried. Despite the title "Interview with a Vampire" I
don't think anyone else has actually put out a novel that is
an interview. "Twenty of Two", assuming I have the drive and
time to complete it, will be an interlocking trilogy rather
than what we have today with some kind of linear trilogy
which gets bastardized by prequals and postquals as both
publisher and author try to squeeze more money out of it.
SK: What do you like to write about?
RH: I kind of follow wherever my mind takes me.
SK: What inspired you to write this book specifically?
RH: Good question. Unlike "Infinite Exposure" which resulted
from a news story where reporters should have been
prosecuted for International Treason, there is no one thing
which "inspired" this story. There are a lot of little
things. The most important of these is the age old question
"What if?". When you use the tool "What if" and pick a
particular starting point, the possibilities are endless.
SK: How can someone buy your book?
RH: The purchase link on the Web site will be updated as I
have more and more places. Anyone claiming to be selling
"NEW" versions of my stuff on Amazon is lying to the point
of committing fraud. I do not allow my products to be sold
on Amazon. I do not fill any orders for an Amazon related
vendor. If they actually have a physical copy of something I
wrote, it is certainly not "NEW", it is used. At best it was
mailed out as part of the book review process. This
particular novel is available in print, EPUB, and audio book
SK: Wow, well I wish you luck with your writing.
RH: Thank you and same to you.