Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: I actually have a lot of favorites from one genre to the next, but if I had to pick just one, it would be Larry Niven. Unless you're a hard-core science fiction fan, you probably have never heard of him. His stories always involve very complex characters, and I'm a nut for character development. Just read his book Ringworld for an example.
Q: Besides erotica romance, in what genres do you write?
A: Just about everything. Science fiction is my favorite, though, and most of my works have at least a little SF in them. I know it sometimes drives my publishers crazy, but I think of myself as writing SF in an erotica romance setting...not the other way around. Recently, I have done some work in paranormal and horror, and that was fun. It doesn't replace SF, though.
Q: What is your normal day like?
A: I tend to be an early riser, and I usually get up between four and five. I like to sit on the deck with a cup of hot tea and watch the sunrise. After that, I try to "work" for an hour or two, but not on new projects--this is the time for edits, evaluating cover art, communications, and other details of the publishing business. I try to take a walk before lunch, weather permitting, and get in a couple of miles with my dog Tripper. Luckily, here in sunny Southern California, the weather usually cooperates. After lunch, I write. Just the opposite of my session before lunch, this time is for new works...I don't do edits and such. The evenings are reserved as time for my family. I like old movies, and they have caught the bug from me.
Q: Do you really write everyday??
A: I try to, but to say that I'm always 100% successful would be lying to you. That plan probably works out three or four days a week. Maybe.
Q: What about writer's block?
A: I honestly have never had that problem. Maybe I'm different from other authors, but I try to look at writing as a job, and I have to get it done. The readers and publishers are my bosses, and how would your boss feel if you didn't perform?
Q: What is the big project you're working on now?
A: That's easy. The Immortal Love Universe is my project. All of my books with Siren are set there, and the universe spans the entire galaxy and more than twelve billion years. Yes, billion. It's a big place, and it's my personal playground. The number of stories and people there are staggering, and so are the details. Right now, I have more than 100,000 pages of notes about the universe and people who live there, and more are added everyday. There are some 5,000,000 words of stories in various stages of completion, and I've only scratched the surface so far.
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: I have a few esoteric hobbies, like working on M-theory (aka String Theory) and grand unification theories (GUT), but I doubt that's what you mean. I have several, but maybe the most surprising is that I work with animal rescue and specialize in venomous reptiles, spiders, and scorpions. In a nutshell, I go out and remove rattlesnakes from people's homes and then relocate them. Yes, I have been bitten.
Q: Tell us something about yourself that no one knows.
A: That's another easy one, though it's a bit strange for me to reveal. It's not really a secret, but I tend not to discuss it very often. I'm almost totally deaf, and I have maybe 1% of "normal" hearing. It's due to a birth defect, and hearing aids, surgery, and other things have no benefit for me. Now for the funny part...I love music. I "listen" to music by feeling the vibrations. If the music is loud enough, I can even dance pretty well. All of this means that, as far as I am concerned, I can hear. I just hear in a different way from you. Like most people with severe hearing limitations, I have what most people would call a "speech impediment". Think Marlee Matlin and you have the idea. I use ASL (American Sign Language) a lot and, again like most people, I have my own signs for shorthand. It drives my family crazy sometimes!
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