I needed to get away from constraints and write freely for a bit. I wanted to make an author's equivalent of jazz and be able to put it out without letting anybody down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest work is an experiment in Existential Erotica. I wanted to see if I could create characters and narratives that are just as vulgar as they are profound. I also had this idea to structure a series in smaller segments that have a long story arc, much like episodes of a TV show that stand alone to some degree, but still add up to a season-long narrative.
What is your writing process?
For this project, my process was to have no process because I wanted it to have a raw, dirty quality to it like the aesthetics of punk rock or grunge music.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is the element of escapism. I love becoming immersed in ideas that don't yet exist and getting tangled up in the fabric of it all. While I'm writing I like to put myself into that universe as I'm creating it, and not really think about the book because it doesn't exist inside itself. In a way, that's what my latest project is about—it mirrors my obsession with fantasy and imagination.
What do your fans mean to you?
Every single fan is like a friend to me. I feel connected to people who I know that I've shared a headspace with. It's like they were a kindred spirit while they were in there, and that's special to me. It's one of the few ways that I feel I can connect with others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I am typically reading or running. I also watch a fair amount of television.
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