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Tell us five things about you, that we wouldn't know.
1. I am the only non-cartoon to ever slip on a banana peel.
2. My favorite season is fall, because I love pumpkin flavored things, particularly scones and beer (but not together).
3. I love X-men, especially Wolverine Origins.
4. I have a huge crush on Darren Criss.
5. My room is painted turquoise.
How long does it take you to write a book?
A couple months to a year. I had a very demanding work schedule, and I tend to build a story from the middle out.
So around a 50-65 hour work week I start with the climax, write that, then start at the beginning and get myself to the climax, then short out on ideas for that story for a couple of weeks, start at the climax of another story then go back to the original and finish it. So it’s a big cycle of two stories going at once, all jammed in around work and friends.
Which of your characters is your favorite?
Thomas. He’s a minor character in The Promise of Silk. He’s one of Alaric’s pirate friends, and he’s just an incompetent drunken goofball, but he was fun to write and, in a way, prods along a lot of the story.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I read a quote from an author once where he basically suggested never ever taking notes while researching for fiction because if it didn’t stick with you it wasn’t important enough to regurgitate. I don’t remember who said this (because I didn’t write it down) but I’ve always liked that idea. I get all of my ideas from “an article I read somewhere” or “this movie my roommate was watching” or “this thing I found on Google”. I’m very rarely able to cite an exact source of a plot bunny.
What does your family think of your writing?
My mother, despite being expressly forbidden, several times, from reading this book (which, by the way, when she finds this interview, I want to make clear I am very serious about) is super excited about me being published and apparently keeps bringing it up. My brother texted me recently so that he could suggest my book to one of his friends. I’m terrified of the next family gathering, I don’t know how I’m going to explain this. I’m considering dropping dead on the spot rather than letting the topic come up around my grandfather.
My chosen friends are all excited. I have a friend who is essentially a roadie right now who was reading it aloud on his tour bus to the other roadies. The books been out for a week and we still haven’t had a release party because everyone’s busy and/or broke, but we’re going out for drinks to celebrate. I’ve recently discover seven and sevens, which seem author-y.
What do you think makes a good story?
Character, first and foremost. No matter how intricate your plot, no matter innovative your sex scenes, no matter how great your prose, if it’s all woven around cardboard cutouts acting like people, it will always be dull, generic and repetitive.
Favorite way to relax?
I like to make a cup of fancy loose leaf tea with milk and brown sugar, and watch Glee or Buffy. I like to hang out and do nothing with my friends.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
… write some more? This is really what I do for fun. My other hobbies include tequila.
Tell us about your newest release.
“The Promise of Silk” is an erotic BDSM steampunk novella about an airship pirate and a courtesan who meet at a carnival in the “Victorian” English countryside.
What was really interesting about writing this novella was trying to write some of the common BDSM kinks, which are fun to write about in and of themselves because they forcibly pull you out of the “Tab A, Slot B” sex scene that it can be easy to fall into writing, and then adding the freedom of the steampunk fantasy world on top of that.
Where can we find your book?
My book can be found at:
Where can readers find you (What websites, emails etc)?
I’m on facebook, please be my friend. And I have my Blog “Look On In Lust”