Why do you write?
For me, it’s more about why I can’t I stop writing. I’ve always been an artist of some sort, but ever since I was 15 and realized I wanted to be a writer, I’ve had the drive to write and tell stories.
What’s your favorite genre? Do you have a favorite author (if so, please tell us the name)?
My favorite genre is science fiction/fantasy. I discovered Barbara Hambly’s fantasy The Darwath Triolgy at 15 and the freedom of the genre really captured my imagination. But I’ll read and write in nearly every genre.
To be successful as an author, what do you see as the main goal?
To let go of your fear. You have to be face your fears of writing poorly, practice for years by writing and writing and writing and eventually be unafraid of leaping of that cliff of criticism.
What inspires you and how do you channel it when you need inspiration?
Everything! I’m constantly absorbing details about people and the world to mix into my stories. I purposing seek out new information and experiences in which to use for fuel and inspiration. I have about a dozen stories in various stages of writing and have new ideas all the time. I really lack for ideas.
What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
The best advice is the oldest. Write. Write a lot. Read every genre, including non-fiction. Pour as much knowledge into your head as it will hold, then write some more.
What advice would you give to the youth of today (not just authors)?
You can never over invest in your education or electronic devices because they’ll quickly become obsolete.
What’s on your bucket list?
Traveling to Austalia.
Tell us about your book:
Nightmares of the Queen is the second book in my science fiction/adventure/romance The Brajj Trilogy. All three books lean more towards mash ups of the genres–sci-fi, metaphysical, mature romance, horror, military adventure, mystery, and action. There’s a lot going on with the ensemble cast of men and women. I write all three in deep third person limited, which means we get to read each section from a certain character’s perspective and also get inside their heads from a first person perspective with smatterings of first person thoughts in italics without the ‘he though/she thought’ dialogue tags. This style of writing helps thin the lines between reader, character, and author narrative (which I hope to keep as invisible as possible). It’s my goal to make the reader really feel like their inside each characters’ head. So even the bad guys are relateable. I’ve gotten my share of bad reviews, but they’re rarely about blade writing, lol!
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m ex military, a veteran of the Army, and I fenced foil for two years. Really loved it, but had to give it up for medical reasons. At the time I was in some of the best shape of my life. I’ve tried lots of really interesting things in my life, sometimes just one if only to say I tried it.