Please tell me about yourself –
I am what I laughingly refer to as a “writer”. This is someone who spends most of their time sitting in front of a computer, but looking out the nearest window at nothing in particular hoping for inspiration. This works intermittently, but if you miss it when it does happen, it may take twice as long to come back around. I live on the corner of Idea and Confusion, just off Writer’s Block.
Can you share something about you that no one knows? –
Hmmm…. let me see. I once owned a shrunken head I bought in the Republic of Panama. Strange, though. It seems to have disappeared.
What are you reading now? –
I haven’t been indulging recently, as there have been too many writing projects to give me the time. My TBR stack has grown ferociously in the last three months. I may have to actually buy another bookshelf.
Who are your favorite authors? –
The genre and pulp writers of the first half of the 20th century. Most are not well known today, having fallen out of favor today with the proliferation of sparkling vampires and angst-ridden werewolves. Robert Heinlein, Jack Vance, Edmond Hamilton, Robert E. Howard, AE Van Vogt, Murray Leinster…. that kind of writer.
And favorite books? –
Avoiding the obvious reference to my own, I would have to say Howard and Lovecraft. I especially like Howard’s collection of Solomon Kane stories. As far as novels go, I would have to say “The Squares of the City” by John Brunner is near the top. I also enjoyed Harry Harrison’s “Stainless Steel Rat” series and, of course, anything by Robert Asprin.
What is your work space and writing routine like? –
In good weather, my work space is my front porch and my writing routine is whenever the weather is good enough for me to sit on my front porch. In winter, the kitchen table serves as proxy. No, I don’t usually keep a computer on my kitchen table or even on my front porch. I write longhand and transfer the finished work to computer after it is complete.
How did you become involved with Seventh Star Press? –
I had met Stephen Zimmer and was impressed by his energy and enthusiasm. When I got the opportunity to grab his coattails, I jumped at it. There are so few small presses that really care enough about their writers to spend time and money promoting their books. SSP is right out front of that very tiny group.
Your bio page says you’ve been writing speculative fiction for 35 years what are you thoughts on the changes that have happened in the publishing industry in that time? –
I had to delete my first answer to that question. It was entirely too vitriolic and snarky. Suffice it to say, I believe that the publishing industry has become more run by popular demand than critical determination.
I love the premise of Angelkiller – good is bad, bad is good what inspired such a unique story? –
It was an attempt to answer the question “why do bad things happen to good people?” We see so much suffering in the world, and yet there remains so much beauty in the human spirit. The odd juxtaposition of these two needed an explanation. I figured this would be the best way to do that.
What do you have planned after the Angelkiller Triad is all published? If you’ve planned that far ahead of course –
I have quite a lot yet to do before The End. Right now the queue has two novels and five short stories in it. That’s pretty common. As I finish one, at least one other gets started. It’s my intention to write two novels a year until I die, then one a year thereafter.
Can you tell me about the new book in the series Traitor Angel? –
It continues the story begun in Angelkiller, but expands on the characters and broadens the scope of the tale itself. I intend all three books to be stand alone tales with a story arc across all the volumes. Not episodic, but not so interdependent they can’t be read by themselves as separate adventures. Traitor Angel ups the ante in the struggle of Jonah Mason and his troop to stop The Enemy from taking mankind to the brink of destruction. They are afraid they have lost one of their number as they gain what might be an ally or might be nothing more than a self-interested turncoat. The action gets cranked up while the situations The Army faces become more critical to the outcome of the Greater Conflict between the forces of Light and Darkness.