I enjoy long walks on the beach but sadly live landlocked in Austin, TX. To compensate I enjoy long walks pacing my hallway while figuring out what the hell’s going to happen next in my book.
I also like to juggle, mainly while pacing the hallway, oh, and barbecue is good too–in the hallway and elsewhere.
When did you first start writing?
I'm not exactly sure when I first started writing, but I do remember my first attempt to write a book. I was in the third grade. I really loved the book, The Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume. My eight-year-old ego boomed with the knowledge that I'd read a book with "Fourth Grade" in the title when I was seven and in the second grade. Anyhow, I was dead set on writing a sequel to the book that made my head swell. I think I got, maybe, ten or twelve loose leaf notebook pages in before I realized that, not only was there already a sequel (Superfudge), but I had in fact read it. Boy was I pissed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In some ways it's a personal story. For many years I've been stuck between a romantic rock and a casual sex hard place, never really finding comfort or desire on either side, and so by default I'd landed in limbo, caught smack dab in the middle of this spectrum. I guess I hoped that in writing Searching for Swimmers I might finally figure out where I stand and maybe even discover what I really want out of life.
At age 37, Jason Purdue is done with sex in general and romance in particular. He’s even happy that the sperm he sent to a cryogenics lab to be frozen is set for termination. Or is it? When an email informs Jason that his sperm is missing, he begins a frantic, cross country search for the possible recipient.