Q: Was there ever a book that changed your life?
A: Absolutely, but it’s actually a series of seven books. The Dark Tower by Stephen King started me down a long road that traveled through all of his writing. There’s a lot of it, and I learned a lot from reading his works. What an imagination! I'll take a good storyteller over a Pulitzer Prize winner any day.
Q: Where do your stories begin?
A: It’s usually a mental short film of an unusual situation. With Protectors, it was a young woman running through a cornfield in the dead of night. The story that I’m working on now was originally about a very poor woman leaving a very wealthy man. It has since turned into a story about a young woman who auctions off her virginity to an oil tycoon. I try to figure out why the people in my head are in those awkward situations, and then I write them a way out of it.
Q: What is your guiltiest pleasure?
A: I’m a sucker for M/M fiction or chocolate mousse cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. It's a tie. If someone writes a steamy guy on guy scene involving chocolate cake, I'm doomed.
Q: What is your greatest fear?
A: Failure. I can be kind of hard on myself.
Q: Why did you start writing?
A: I’m a professional graphic designer in my “real life,” and I needed an outlet for my creativity that wasn’t tied to my job.
Q: What do you find is the hardest thing about writing?
A: Keeping to a steady schedule. I always want to write fifty different stories all at one time, and I have trouble finishing one idea before moving on to the next.
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