I have a 10-inch tablet. I'm seriously thinking of switching to an epaper device, though, since my eyes are a little dodgy.
When did you first start writing?
When I was ten years old. I don't remember what I read, but I remember thinking, "I can do better than this." (I didn't, not then. A lot has changed!)
What are you working on next?
A parody sequel to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. The influence of the book is pervasive in politics and economics, and it is particularly trenchant given the Trump administration, and I have a lot to say about it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it influenced my writing immensely. Like when I was in high school, and the principal came in because one of students was now an orphan because of a gangland shooting. Or how it broke that the KGB was paying Vegas cabbies to get Air Force officers drugs and prostitutes in order to blackmail them. As a result, I grew up thinking that kind of stuff was normal.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believe traditional publication is a scam invented by assholes to control writers. In no other industry - NONE! - is a self-starting businessperson confident in the quality of their product dismissed as "vanity." Traditional publication is an insult to the industry, skill, and creativity of writers, and I would happily see traditional publishing houses burned to the ground.
What is your favorite part of writing?
Creating something new, participating in the sweep of human culture. In the end, the stories that people tell each other endure longer than anything, I think it's really cool to be part of that.
Who are your favorite authors?
Roger Zelazny, Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Octavia Butler, Alexandre Dumas, Richard Adams, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Thomas Kuhn.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, of course. I also like to ride - I put in about 70 to 100 miles a week, weather permitting - and lift weights. I play role-playing games, too. I'm a good cook, I make my own beer, and I'm an amateur woodworker.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a giant monster that destroys Australia. I was ten. Give me a break!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Dune: it is the finest sci-fi book there is, expertly meshing not only an exciting story and richly conceived world, but also keeping the characters rooted in the human experiences of family and religion. The Three Musketeers: Bold characterizations combined with fast-paced storytelling set in the dramatic and dynamic intrigue of Renaissance France. Watership Down: The greatest story about bunnies ever told! Skillful characterizations, incredible pacing, and it manages to say important things about the nature of freedom and the corruption of tyranny. The Chronicles of Amber: A bit of a cheat since it's actually five novels, but you can buy it in one big book! Anyway, Corwin's Amber has distinct characterizations of brutal aristocrats, family dynamics that are both terrible and highly plausible, in an excellent action story. At the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraft's vision of an indifferent, if not hostile, universe is chilling to the bone.
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