When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading mostly. I also enjoy walking and meditation.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a completely awful mish-mash of super-heroes and mythological characters called "The Champions" which I still have and inexplicably cherish. I was around 11 years old at the time.
What is your writing process?
Poetry to me is a form of channeling-- I transform pain, sadness, disillusionment, and hope into art but it is not "me" doing the writing, the Muse takes over and works through my pen.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Cupid And Psyche" was probably the first and definitely the one that had the most impact. Love had to be subsumed, kept hidden-- it meant a lot to a boy just realizing he is gay. My love had to be kept hidden, too,
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Ariel" by Sylvia Plath for its raw bruised ferocity. "Transformations" twisted fairy tales from my favorite twisted fairy, Anne Sexton. "A Room Of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf for its quiet declaration of independence. "Walden (Or Life In The Woods)" by Thoreau, a reminder of what's truly important in life. "The Scarlet Letter" by Hawthorne because Hester Prynne is the fictional character I most identify with.
What do you read for pleasure?
Comic books, DC mostly. My current favorite is Animal Man.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am from Crestline, Ohio-- a village because it doesn't have the population to be classified a city. Most of my childhood was pure hell but I am thankful now for the experience because it has made me the kind of person I am today. If not for enduring so much mental and physical abuse at school, I probably never would have felt the need to write, I'd have fewer demons to exorcise.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have no fans nor the desire for any; I've only friends-- some I know, some who know me through my writing.
What are you working on next?
A few ongoing projects: poetry inspired by the stories of Medusa, Medea, and the aforementioned Cupid & Psyche, poems of a more personal nature, and my main focus right now is a new Devotional Poetry book dedicated to the Goddess Kali, a follow-up to my biggest seller thus far "Kali, The Dark Goddess- Devotional Poetry".
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath are my biggest inspirations. I also love Dorothy Parker, Alice Walker, Allen Ginsberg, Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Nabakov, Hawthorne, Maxine Hong Kingston, so many others but those are the big ones.
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