I was born and raised in Washington State in a very small town. After graduating high school, I moved to Los Angeles where I lived for ten years and then to New York City where I lived for nearly twenty more. As for family, it's just basically me and my two pups. :-)
2) How long have you been writing?
The first thing I wrote was a screenplay and that was in 2004. More screenplays and plays followed soon thereafter, but it wasn't until the Spring of 2008 that I started writing fiction.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
At home on the couch with my laptop on my lap and a sleeping dog by my side.
4) Why did you decide to write Martuk…the Holy?
Because it was a story that hounded me both insistently and persistently. I don't know how other writers work, but until I get a story down on paper it quite literally won't leave me alone. It's just easier to write it out than to fight it, you know?
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I'd have to say Martuk. Behind the rage and beyond the frustration, both of which drive him to shocking acts of cruelty and violence, there's a sincerity I really respond to. He's someone who didn't choose immortality, and yet will have to suffer with the burden of it day after day, year after year, century by century. In light of that, the moments of madness begin to make a bit more sense.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
In the past, I would have said The Elder, the top priest in the Temple in Uruk. He's just a cold, calculating, psychotic, sociopathic monster. So many people are hurt by him, but he can excuse it away and give you all the reasons why his cruelty was necessary. Like I said, sociopathic. But then I wrote The Elder, the second book in The Martuk Series -- an ongoing collection of short fiction inspired by Martuk ... the Holy --, and, after seeing the Why of his What, why he is the way he is, I hate him a little less.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I'm a stickler for perfection and will often catch things others miss, so I tend to proofread and edit my own work. But there may come a day when that isn't feasible, so I'm willing to work with someone else should it come to that. I just hope they're as obsessive compulsive as I am. ;-)
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I don't do much other than write. But I will give myself breaks during the day to play tennis. Thankfully all I need to do is step outside and the court is right there, like, two steps away, so it's an easy break to take. Other than that, my work obsesses me, so if I'm not writing, I'm researching, and if I'm not researching, I'm outlining future work.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I used to read all the time. Now I tend to find myself reading with an eye toward research, as in I'll focus on books that will teach me something I can then use, in some way, in a future book. Thankfully this is something I enjoy, so it's a bit like reading for pleasure.
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
Q: How real to you are the characters you write? Do they end up in your dreams at night or in your thoughts during the day?
A: They're shockingly real to me. I wouldn't be surprised if out there somewhere is an actual Martuk getting really angry that I'm writing his life story. And I do find myself thinking of them during the day. All the time, in fact. As for my dreams, yeah, they've ended up there, too. When I was reaching the end of writing Martuk ... the Holy, they would often wake me up and guilt me into getting back to work. So you could say the characters I write are real to me.
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