Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have rough drafts of several novels, but The Final Robertson is the only one I’ve finished to a point where I felt like someone else should read it (ie, I wanted to vomit on it — like, go out and eat something nasty so I could vomit nasty food on it — I couldn’t read it any more and realized, “it’s time for someone else to read this.” For better or for worse.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Final Robertson is my latest and only book. It was inspired by the rare desire to go see a movie in a theater and seeing that there was nothing I was in the mood for (ie, a story about a secret government assassin, set in the future) in theaters at that time. So, I thought, “what would I want to see, if it were showing?”
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I pace a lot.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love the classic sci-fi’s – Fahrenheit 451, Clockwork Orange, 1984, Brave New World, War of the Worlds, etc. But the authors who have influenced me are the more contemporary ones who have a unique style that makes me so terribly envious for my own voice that reading their works makes me write. These authors include Matthew Quick, Rainbow Rowell, Ellen Hopkins, and David Mitchell, to name a few.
What are you working on now?
The sequel. And/or the prequel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
twitter for now and goodreads discussion boards
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am one, so I don’t really have any good advice yet, especially if it is about promoting work. But for just writing and finishing, I’d say the thing that has helped me the most is just doing it. Get the words down, edit/revise them, and then have someone else read it. And this someone else needs to be someone who is willing to dedicate time not to just reading it but also to discussing the parts that are confusing or not well worked out.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“You finished it. Publish it.”
What are you reading now?
Ready Player One by Earnest Cline. And it’s awesome, as everyone already knows because I’m pretty sure I’m the last person who has not already read it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Writing. What else is there?
What is your favorite book of all time?
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