Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm still waiting to grow up and that seems to clearly be the biggest influence on my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Entertaining readers. Every writer likes to hear good things about their books, but the best part is simply hearing readers talk about their favorite parts, characters, scenes...you get the idea.
Why did you write, The Talk?
Money. Also, I heard that people like to buy writers a pint when they stop by their local pub.
This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Did you have to think a lot about what jokes to write?
Simply put, no. The flow of the story and dialog just seemed to write itself. I had one critic suggest that I was trying too hard and that there was no way the book could keep up the fast pace and fast humor. I wrote him to say that there is ONLY one place in the book where I actually inserted a funny scene, simply because I felt that it would work well in the story and that while I had a general idea of what the book should be about, there was no outline or planned ahead strategy. He later wrote back to say that he finished the book and that it did keep up the pace. (Also, he noted that he loved the book!)
Describe your desk
You call "The Talk" a Young Adult fairytale, but don’t you think adults would like the book?
In all honesty, that was maybe the biggest surprise for me. I do still think of The Talk or Flirting with Dis Astar: An Underground Fairytale, as a YA read, but the positive feedback from the adult crowd was fantastic to hear. I also understand that sales of the book so far, have been pretty split between the YA and Adult audience.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My coffee pot.
This book is weird. Why did you write a book that’s so different from most books?
Kind of seems like you’ve answered your own question, i.e. it didn’t seem like a great idea to write the same thing that everyone else was writing. I didn’t think we needed another vampire story. And the “weirdness” came pretty naturally. This was very much a case of the book pretty much writing itself...I just tried my best to get out of the way of the flow.
This book would never get picked up by a big publisher, because you don’t seem to know the rules for writing a novel. It’s too long, there’s no real protagonist.
While you didn’t actually ask a question this theme came up several times and is key to WHY I wrote the book...well, at least one reason why. I’m not against rules, but I am against people telling me that “this is the way it MUST be done”. I automatically ask myself, “Why”? Why can’t I do it this way instead? And if I do it this way and readers like it, then what’s wrong with that?
There seems to be a long history of people, critics, “experts”, etc. telling us what we should like and what we should not like and I just want to decide for myself. How many times have you’ve gone to see the latest “Blockbuster” movie or read the current bestseller and wondered what all the hype was about? I’m not against reviews or critics. As the reader you have to right to like or not like my book...I just think it’s more meaningful when you let the book influence you and not what your friends or outsiders.
As for the book being too long, I am happy to say that the majority of readers have noted that they didn’t want the story to end.
And No real protagonist..not true, Luster is the central protagonist. Yet this comment leads me to another of those rules that so many like to point to. Why is it that we can so adore an episode of FRIENDS or the latest Woody Allen film with a stellar ensemble cast, but the we feel the need to be taken by the hand and lead through every page of a novel? I just have a bit more faith in my readers and believe that they will survive if my protagonist is not found on every page.
What do your fans mean to you?
A retirement plan.
How do you approach cover design?
It's an anti-cover. The original didn't even include the title or my name.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the 2nd in my series of Underground Fairytales and hope to have it out in my lifetime.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is simply the best! A writer deserves to maintain the rights to their work and Smashwords sees to that. They ROCK!
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