Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I wrote an epic poem in middle school, which got posted in the yearbook. I’ve kept journals and plot notes for years but finally, in 2015, I submitted the first piece that was published.
Q: Are your stories based on real-life experiences?
A: Nothing I’ve written so far is biographical in nature. Most have some aspects of my own reality and life experiences. These hopefully provide a sense of realism. I read a critique of one of my stories that said, in essence, "real life and love doesn’t move that fast." In my personal experience, it did move that fast. My grandmother was extremely religious, and I’ve seen how friends had been marginalized by family for being gay.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: Short answer: pretty much anywhere and at any time. Through work, play, downtime and socializing, I see situations that force my brain to build backstories and create narratives to expand upon them. Sometimes just hearing a foghorn or being caught in a snowstorm, seeing wildlife, or the scent of spring can inspire the setting.
Q: Where is one place you’d like to visit?
A: South Africa. I have a very good friend who lives there, and while we keep in touch daily with Whatsapp, it just isn’t the same. He was a field guide for adventure seeking tourists. I’ve got a story bubbling in my brain but would like to get some context to put it into words.
Q: If we’re buying, what are you having?
A: A local pub makes the second best mac & cheese I’ve ever had. (My grandmother made the best.) So mac & cheese with a pint of Alexander Keith’s Ale would be my choice.
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