What do you write? Poetry and urban fantasy with occasional forays into science fiction and more traditional fantasy.
What seems to be the recurrent theme(s) in your stories? Anger. It’s a powerful motivator, and the outcome of actions based on anger can go either way.
If you could be any character of any books, who would it be? It’s almost impossible to answer this with one character, so I’ll go with my current fictional crush – Istvan, from Kathe Koja’s Under the Poppy. He’s charming, he’s gorgeous, he’s talented, he’s smart, he’s
tough, and he has a hot boyfriend.
Do you name your Muse(s)? No. He’s just Muse.
Which do you prefer: traditional, self publishing, or both? Both have positive attributes, both have drawbacks. I think it depends on what your goal is. Self-publishing through Lulu has worked for me just as a way to say, “Look, I wrote an actual, physical book!”
What is the one advice you would offer to a new writer? Be a student of the craft—write and read everything you can, and never stop being a student.
Do dreams inspire your writing ideas? Absolutely, but more so as single images than as a whole. Dreams, when I try to narrate them, lack real narrative structure. Images from dreams, such as a group of men plugged into some kind of power station to act as human batteries (used for the last NaNoWriMo I participated in), are easier to work with.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Let’s see. I see myself being five years older. That’s about it. I don’t plan well. I don’t
know what I’m doing five minutes from now much less five years.
Who is your favorite author? Why? There are many, but Samuel R. Delany might be at the top of the list. You don’t see the gay black man’s perspective in science fiction, and I love the fact that he’s willing to take a good hard look at gender, equality, sexuality and
humanity while wrapping it all up in science fiction packages that are every bit as well written as any “literature.”
What is your favorite quote? Why? ”If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate, and you would begin to die, act
crazy, or both.” –Ray Bradbury. Because for me it’s very true, although sometimes, I like to let the poison build for a few days before I let it out.
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