Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written and published one book. I love to write, and I have kept a journal since I was twelve. I never thought I would pursue a career as a writer, but it seems to be the only work that I enjoy doing. I want to have rich conversations, and a book is the best ice-breaker!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Punk Love Foucault, inspired by my ridiculously difficult life. I decided to write a story about growing-up on the outskirts of society, what being transgender really means in terms of self-esteem and social trouble. I wanted people to understand that they can relate to queer stories because everyone is pressured to conform, regardless of identity.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It depends on how you define "unusual." I think smoking and drinking coffee are pretty normal, for a writer. But, on occasion, my step-daughter will read my book ideas and then write her own short stories to help jump-start my creativity… the sky is the limit to a kid, and bees shooting laser beams and then having a disco party is a wonderful backdrop to my work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I come from a queer theory background, and I haven't read much in the way of fiction. My authors are philosophers like Michel Foucault and Ladelle McWhorter. I also like the dystopic poetry of Susan Stryker.
What are you working on now?
Something along the lines of Ursula K. Le Guin's "Left Hand of Darkness." I want a story that upends the gender norm, making it "abnormal" to be gendered like most people are on Earth. So, I guess, sci-fi fantasy with a queer theory bent.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I blog on WordPress, and it's free, so it's my favorite, but I doubt it's the most lucrative.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yeah, do more interviews. People want to know who wrote what and why.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do it, even if you think you can't. Someone will appreciate it.
What are you reading now?
Neil Gaiman and David Tuckerman.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Winning the Pulitzer Prize.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Body in Pain, published 1985.
Author Websites and Profiles
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