When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gaming, mostly. I also run a Tumblr at rileyheath for inspirational purposes. But mostly, gaming.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by recommendations. I've fallen off the wagon for finding my own reading material, so I kind of only expect others to recommend me to them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, actually. It was a modern fantasy story with dragons and special weapons and it was, admittedly, super awful, but if I still had it I'd love to read it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Gay/lesbian romance. I have a harder time empathizing with straight people and asexual fiction isn't really a thing.
When did you first start writing?
I was under the age of ten, for sure, because there was an alien story that I had started (I guess, technically, that's the 'first story I ever wrote' but it was never finished) on our old computer. But I was 10/11 when I finished my first story. It's been 12 years of writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted asexual representation in media. The main character's asexual, and I saw an opportunity that would allow me to explore it in a way that would make people that didn't know about asexuality or have negative associations with it understand it better, as well as make asexual people that did or didn't know the nature of their sexuality feel better.
Media representation is important; if your favorite character has a sexuality and there /isn't/ something wrong with them, it means there's nothing wrong with the reader, the viewer, the player. It's important. The only asexual characters in media right now aren't confirmed to be asexual in the canon itself, and it's important for that to happen. I don't want to skirt around the word, and I don't want my characters to be afraid of using it.
What are you working on next?
After Autumn Moon, I'm considering a rewrite of a story I did for an original fiction challenge about the struggles of a gay couple under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.
After that.... well, who knows? Sometimes that's the fun of writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Exploring characters. It's like meeting new people without, of course, the 'people'.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, I don't know. I've reread a lot of books - mainly the Harry Potter series - but favorite author is a big commitment. Anyone that can piece together a well-told story is a good author, in my book.
What is your writing process?
What process? I put words to paper. Sometimes I make a general outline, but far more often I write as scenes come to me.
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