I write both fiction and nonfiction. A former print journalist and editor, I've written for a variety of publications and I'm currently preparing my MA thesis on "how fan produced media disrupts, informs, and influences the source text and creators of the television show Supernatural".
In terms of fiction, I write M/M romance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There's something magical about being able to create images with words. I love it when my favorite writers do that for me and have always wanted to do it for other people. I love it when a new character appears in my head - yes it's noisy in there - and tells me their story. Just like the reader does later, I discover the story as we go along and its a lot of fun.
What do your readers mean to you?
So much. I would write even if nobody read my stories, but without readers my characters have such a limited life. Readers make the characters who they are. Readers bring their own interpretations and understandings to a story and they may be different to my story - but it doesn't make them wrong. For me, that adds a depth and a richness to the story and to the characters that I'm not able to do on my own.
What are you working on next?
I'm about to start The Mason Jar. Mason owns a cafe/bar in Alaska where he lives with his son, who is preparing to go to college in California. Mason moved here after coming out as gay and ending his marriage and has raised Jake since his mother was killed in a car accident when he was ten. A successful television personality, Luke Attwood has been sent to the coastal town by his agent to let the dust settle after his most recent series of indiscretions. Is Mason ready to think about his own future and if he is, is Luke really ready to turn his back on bright lights, cocaine, and a series of pretty boys?
Who are your favorite authors?
I have very ecclectic tastes. I love Stephen King and JK Rowling (my kids grew up with Harry Potter). Neil Gaiman. I love the books by John Barrowman and his sister Carole E Barrowman. Roxane Gay. Melissa Foster. Bruce Springsteen - one of the greatest post-modern American writers ever in my opinion. If I put my academic hat on I love the work of Matt Hills, Henry Jenkins, Lynn Zubernis, Joseph Brennan. And there is a very long list of fan fic writers I adore. I'm such a fan girl (and proud of it)...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. Though at the weekends, I usually have that in bed. I know it's a boring answer but the truth is I still have two teens living at home and I remind myself that I can't expect them to embrace life if I don't do it. So I guess it's less about inspiration and more about trying to walk my talk. And coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading - books, ebooks, articles, fan fiction, scripts, poetry, cereal boxes. Researching - which is really just reading dressed in nerdier clothes but I like nerdy clothes so that's okay. My other writing at the moment is my Masters thesis on pop culture. I watch a lot of movies, love genre TV (Supernatural, BBC Sherlock, The Black List, The Sinner, Ozark, How To Get Away With Murder, Arrow). I spend way too much time in Spotify and Social Media. I collect fan art.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through recommendations, google searches, site searches, reviews. The same way everyone does I guess.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been writing since I was about seven and I don't really remember that one - something about a dragon agreeing to eat pancakes instead of princesses (it was the princesses idea). As an adult, the first real story was about a father sitting in a car trying to come to terms with the death of his teenage daugher in a drunk driving accident. It was kind of dark...
What is your writing process?
Chaotic. Caffeinated. I write anywhere between 500 and 7,000 words in a day and shut it down without editing. I reread it first thing the next morning and do corrections and alterations before the next set of 'new' words. It's the same process for fiction, non-fiction, academic. I tend to be more productive at night than in the morning (mornings are a necessary evil that exist to get you through to the afternoon). It's rare that I don't write something.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Sly Little Bear - I loved that story and it was the first story I remember being able to read myself, without an adult reading it to me. As for it's impact - I love bears and I love stories. Later, when I was 12, I heard Springsteen on the radio for the first time while I was reading my first King book (The Shining - yeah I was a precocious reader) - and those two men in that moment changed my life. I didn't really understand what they were talking about (I was 12 so a lot of the deeper, more adult themes just sailed on by)but I knew they had created these images in my head, like movies, and I wanted to do that. I wanted to make pictures from words.
What do you read for pleasure?
Pretty much anything. Horror, YA, erotica, fan fiction - mostly slash fic, memoirs, cereal boxes if there's nothing else.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle App on my iPad. I have an actual Kindle but my iPad has more memory.
Describe your desk
Chaotic. I use two heavy duty plastic picnic tables (no, not kidding). The large one is my research table where I read and make notes, do hard copy edits, do anything that doesn't require my laptop. My printer lives there and my stationery, pens, printouts, mail. My laptop is on the small table with usually an empty coffee cup, my Dean Winchester in the '67 Impala Funko Pop, and my portable DVD player.
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