M.L. Weaver is an author and scientist in the Pacific Northwest, where snow-blind mountains muffle the laughter of the unseen.
When he thinks no one is watching, he dances with moonlight.
The rest of the time, moonlight dances with him…
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a small farm in Northern California (the real northern part, not the part that's practically Central California). We had only a few neighbors, most of whom lived quite a distance from us, so light pollution at night was minimal; stargazing kept me up late and outdoors pretty much all year, but especially in the summer. The night sky turned out to be a wonderful backdrop for a child's imagination, so in a way the stories I'm telling now were first drafted there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Writing is the only place where I can discuss my darkest memories and pretend that someone else lived them. The heart of "The Lightness of Dust" is the romance between Samuel Freeman and Lily Ostendorf, but that's not to say that a lot more isn't going on around the edges. It's a fantasy without elves (the gods walk among us) and a romance with more than a bit if realism (love is more beautiful when stalked by shadows), so I've taken to calling it "dark-romance fantasy." And while the Lily/Sam story forms the core, the Kere and Telamon tale and the relationships between Jake, Amanda, and Elyse are just as vital. In a way, if all seven of those characters got together and had a love child, I think it would be me!