I write thoughtful stories about men being shrunken down. Sometimes they're in the company of a tender lover; other times they've fallen into the hands of someone vengeful. The most interesting thing to me is exploring what this new dynamic does to people's perspectives, how people behave when they have power without restraint or when a powerful person is stripped of all agency. Other times, I just write about bizarre, enthusiastic sex based on a lifelong fetish.
I live with my beautiful, brilliant wife in a vintage apartment with two sweet cats. In my day job I'm a gardener of language in higher education. Cooking challenges are my current hobby, and I spent a month learning to mix a Sazerac from memory. For four years I hosted a successful, popular flash fiction writing contest in my community, inspiring and motivating dozens of other authors to try new things and complete many new, exciting projects.
What does your creative environment look like?
I've got a large black writing desk from Ikea, the upper shelf of which is decked out like a miniature writing studio. It's ringed with a string of LEDs that I turn on when it's time to write. On the wall behind the desk I have a collection of postcards featuring famous authors. The desk is flanked with bookcases: the left bookcase has creative, inspirational materials, and the right bookcase has collections of work by a few of my favorite authors. I keep these for reference, whenever I have a question about writing.
What is your writing process?
If I'm inspired by an idea, I'll just sit down and knock it out as fast as I can. If I have no ideas but am in the mood to write, I'll pull out a couple random elements and characters, throw them together, and write about what happens. Sometimes that produces an interesting story. When I have a big idea, then I draw up an outline and pretty much enact the entire story that way, but it often happens that as I flesh out the story, more interesting things happen than I'd predicted and it goes off in another direction. At that point either I modify the outline or contrive to bend the story back on course. I hate rewriting, but my writing always benefits from a rewrite, when I can be bothered.
A sexual predator corners Melanie after exercise class, describing all the sick, lurid things he wants to do to her. But when she shrinks him down with a mysterious self-defense kit, he's on the defensive as Melanie forces every last perverted request upon her helpless prisoner.
A skilled programmer, Claire's exploited and harassed by her agency. She has to find it within herself to stand up for her rights... and bring her problems (and her tormentors) down to a more manageable size.
Helen dreads her company's annual holiday party, but she finds a kindred spirit and easy flirt in intern Jerry. Add a magical cocktail that shrinks Jerry down to the size of a toy, and Helen indulges in an end-of-year bonus like she couldn't have dreamed of.
Lying, womanizing Caleb destroyed a good relationship with Verna, but now he has a pill to shrink himself down and she's the only giantess he desires. She agrees to use him for one more night of impossible passion, and all he has to do is respect her and keep his word. If he can't, it may cost him his life.
William's packing up on his last day at work, when the cute receptionist lets slip the office secret: a special favor some women do for certain men. William requests this intimate service of his long-time crush and boss, tyrannical Juana. But he has no idea how crushing this crush can be.