Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I've written 3 novels, and so far, self-published one, I have one in the works, and I am shopping the third one around to agents and publishers. I also have a bunch of short stories that you can read for free on my website.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Joe Vampire. It came about as a sequel to Evelyn's Journal. Back in the 90s, when listserv were a thing, I was on a listserv called Vampires, and many of us wrote serial vampire fiction and/or role played. Someone said, oh, all the vampires are white, old, titled and have exotic names, etc., so I set out to create a vampire who was none of those things: Evelyn. She's African American, young, disowned by her family. She isn't really intending to become a vampire, but it happens.
Evelyn is looking for love in all the wrong places. She goes through a series of relationships, and finally ends up with Joe, laid-back, drug-addicted bisexual red head. The second book is about Joe, how he matures from his Goth teenagerhood, still fighting his addictions. and deciding if he will commit to Evelyn, and to the nightlife of a vampire.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
A lot of my writing stems from dreams. These are best had (or best remembered) and weekend mornings when I can sleep in and wake up gradually. I have started (but not yet finished) at least 2 novels this way, and several short stories.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite book is Wuthering Heights–I like gothic melodrama, but the writing has to be good. Seom of my favorite authors are Diane Setterfield, S.J. Rozan, Haruki Murakami, James Hynes and John Lindqvist.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the third book for the Darkness & Light series, the one that follows Joe Vampire. I also have two other books that fit in the series, one about an anti-vampire, who is awake only in daylight, and other the backstory for Richie, Otto & Claude, three of the characters from Joe Vampire.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Not sure yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep at it. Don't be afraid to take chances, whether that means submitting to publishers, talking to people at cons, writing stuff outside your comfort zone, etc.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never throw out anything you write. If you try to find something you wrote some time ago and can't, you will think it was a work of genius and mourn its loss. If you can find it, you will see it's maybe not that special.
What are you reading now?
Nothing. Surprised? I only read when I am taking a break form writing, or else other writer's styles and characters want to slip into my writing. When I take a break I read voraciously. I am into John Lindqviste right now, and Kij Johnson
What’s next for you as a writer?
As Hamlet said, words, words, words. More writing.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Wuthering Heights. I re-read it every several years, and I think I might re-read The Thirteenth Tale again too.
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