Beyond the Book


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I think when my son started reading, I realized I wanted to be part of that. I felt I wanted to give back to younger readers to inspire them the way the books I read when I was young inspired me. The other time I realized I wanted to write came in a completely different form. If you read my work, you will see that I am unabashedly inspired by everything from Fantasy literature, anime, classical poetry, punk rock music, mythology, and especially RPG games from the 1990’s. It’s pretty blatant honestly. But hey, I write what I like, right?

What advice do you have for writers?

I know it’s cliché, but I would say I am a strong proponent of using your influences. That way what you love will come out in your writing. If you like stories about ghosts, write stories about ghosts. If you watch TV shows about true crime mysteries, make your series about unsolved crimes. Diehard romantic? Write a romance novel! If the coolest thing you can imagine is a boy that can secretly transform into a dragon and go on quests with a knight-in-training… Read my books!!! And THEN go write about them. The point is that writing can be daunting. And if you want to make the challenge more enjoyable, then you should dabble into what you like. It makes the climb much more agreeable and all the more rewarding once you get to the top. Oh! And hire an editor!

Tell me about your first published book. What was the journey like?

I’ve told this story a bunch of times, and it’s completely true. I used to write short stories and poetry and music, but I never did any big projects. At one point, my mother dared me to write a book off a premise we brainstormed together, and I just went with it. Before I knew it, I had the first book done and since it ended on a cliffhanger, we were like, “What’s next?”. I realized that I liked writing so much that I just kept on going. Now, I’m sitting on 5 self-published books and 7 more waiting in the wings (get it?)

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

I do have the humblest beginnings of a second series in the works. I have the plot of the first book and the “Legendarium” already put to paper (or hardrive). That series will be a work of portal fiction mixed with destiny fiction and entail more adult themes as compared to The Talisman Series. Trying to make it a pure YA series instead of the more MG adventures of Rome and Julian. I can give you a little taste of my plans for that one here:

Seven young humans from the planet Earth are sought and transported to an alternate dimension where technology does not exist. There is a race of seven tyrannical warlords that each run a specific kingdom on separate islands/continents of the planet. There is a resistance living on the planet consisting of a small group of rebels who want to realize a prophecy by gathering the seven Earthlings who are destined to change the world and fix the oppression demonstrated by the dictatorial warlords.

As with The Talisman Series, there will be a heavy emphasis on mythology, colors, names, and elements. As well as some video game RPG fundamentals like summoning, weapons, and certain aspects of magic. I’m really excited to get a rough draft of book 1 or at least a solid foundation. I plan to get into that tasty experiment later this year, after I finish the initial rendering of book 11 for The Talisman Series

Who is your favorite author and why?

My favorite book of all time is “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, so I think Hunter S. Thompson is “gonzo” radical. Um, but I also love C.S. Lewis and Dr. Seuss they were HUGE influences in my younger reading life.

Favorite quote (doesn’t matter the source)

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Chinese proverb

“One shall stand, one shall fall.” – Optimus Prime

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult

“After the Fall” by E.C. Myers

Favorite book when you were a kid

“A Spell for Chameleon” by Piers Anthony

“Animalia” by Graeme Base

What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Cape San Blas or Indian Pass, Florida. The beach was always a tremendous part of childhood and finding peace in a crazy world as a teen. Even as a adult, I still go there with my own kids to keep that message of tranquility and appreciation of nature alive in the next generation of Salters.