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  Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: How did you get the www.nietz.com domain?

Answer
: I worked at Microsoft, OK?  When the Internet was just coming into its own, everyone on my project team (Transpoint...a product that Microsoft later sold) searched for the availability of their last name and registered it.

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: Did you ever meet Bill Gates?

Answer
: Yes, and no.  When I first started at Microsoft, all 40 of us ex-Fox people were gathered in a room and he came in to greet us.  In my seven years at Microsoft, that's about as close as I got.

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: Do you have any more books coming out?

Answer
: I'm always working on something. I currently have six books and a couple short stories in print. You can find them all on my library page. My most recent novel is Frayed, another book in the world of DarkTrench. I plan to re-release Mask in late 2016.

Question: So...Amish Vampires and Zombies? What is that about?

Answer: You can find everything you want to know about those two books on their pages. AViS is here, and AZfS is here.

Question: Do you think you'll ever code again?

Answer
: Actually, when a relative decided to run for political office lin 2008, I did get a chance to code again. Twas fun. Most of what I did was in HTML, JavaScript and—dun, dunna, na—FoxPro! I found the FoxPro version especially fun. I used the latest version—9.0, and if nothing else, the experience gave me a greater appreciation for just how robust and powerful FoxPro is. I got to eat my own dog food, and liked it! (Though, I can't say the product is really mine anymore, there is certainly still parts of me in it.)

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: What writing books have you found helpful?

Answer
Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King, The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman, Negotiating a Book Contract by Mark L. Levine, and On Writing by Stephen King.

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: How do I find a publisher?

Answer
: Get a copy of Writer's Market for information about publishers.  Also, scour the Internet.  Remember, publishers are usually specific about the genre (type) of books they are looking for. Search out those that match your book.

Question: How can I help promote your books?

Answer: I appreciate you asking that question! Book marketing is tough work, and by no means am I an expert. I do have a few good suggestions, however.