I grew up on the horror of Stephen King and Clive Barker, but that was just the beginning. Richard Laymon was my introduction to something darker; Brian Lumley revealed the smart side of grotesque; Carlton Mellick III opened my eyes to the world of bizarro horror; and Bryce Calderwood taught me that horror can be satisfyingly erotic.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The clever answer would be that I get out of bed to escape the nightmares, but the honest answer is - pure and simple - family. I get up and go to work to make a living . . . to pay the mortgage . . . and to put food on the table. A better question would be what inspires me to stay up so late at night, and that would be planting the seeds for the aforementioned nightmares.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
After a long day in front of the computer at the office, I liked to get outdoors, away from everyone else, and wander off the trails.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover most of my ebooks through social media, especially Goodreads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I ever wrote, but I do remember the first story that accomplished anything. It was a last minute entry in a high school writing contest during my senior year. It won, and eventually got published in a Canadian genre magazine called Parsec a few years later.
What is your writing process?
I do a lot of brainstorming while I'm out hiking. I like to let my mind wander, and just see how the stories develop. I always have a tattered cloth-bound notebook in my bag, where I capture the ideas, snippets of dialogue, and scene outlines. Once the groundwork has been laid, then I can sit down in front of the laptop and turn ideas into stories.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is tough, but I always try to make each cover my own. It all starts with a photo I've taken that either inspires me or represents the story, and then I just have to tweak my standard layout to fit the theme.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started out with a Sony PRS e-reader, back when the Kindle wasn't yet available in Canada. I graduated to the Kobo Glo when that Sony finally died, and I'm on my second now.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have pretty diverse bookshelves, both paperback and digital, but I gravitate to extreme horror, erotic horror, fetish erotica, epic fantasy, and adventure/thrillers. Basically, I'm attracted to anything with imagination and an edge.
Describe your desk
My desk is a cluttered mess of chaos, covered in books I'm in the middle of reading, scraps of notes on my current stories, and toys - lots and lots of toys. Of course, as an adult I'm supposed to call them collectibles, but let's be honest - they're toys.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love the freedom of being an indie author. As much as we'd all like to be the next Stephen King - complete with the exposure, the acclaim, and the payday - it means playing by mainstream rules. I don't want to write what's safe and acceptable, and indie publishing allows me to write without limits.
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