What inspired you to write The Bloodwood Board?
I spent a lot of time really sick and kept thinking when I got better, I was going to skateboard again. I was never good at it, can barely get both feet on the board, but I remember how it made everything better, aside from some broken bones. I wanted to make a world where that was one of the only ways to really get around. The giant spider thing happened because living where we live we have spiders big enough that they turn to look at you when you talk to them. They are really interesting creatures.
Truthfully, it’s the character’s connection to each other. Each one has a strength and if they weren’t connected how they are, then nothing would be possible. That was fun to write.
When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
I didn’t. It’s just the only thing I can say I’m pretty good at. I’ll probably always have a day job, but I’ll never stop writing because this is how I make sense of the world.
Who’s your favorite character you’ve ever written and why?
Haha, Jesper. Which, I’m currently working on for a story about reanimation with nanotech, and he’s this very dominant guy, but also a caretaker. He’s dynamic in a way that I haven’t written before, and he’s also the first plus-sized male I’ve written where his size and strength play a big role in the story and who he is.
What’s your favorite genre to write?
Everything I do still has those undertones of horror, so I guess I need to stick with that. It’s just about how long you can stand to stare in the darkness and give it detail when the elements of your story turn that direction.
What’s your favorite book ever?
Do you plot or pants your manuscripts?
I do an outline and then never look at it again. I’m like that person who writes down a grocery list and leaves it at home continuously. It helps to solidify the directions in my head on what the story needs, but in the end, it always changes. I don’t want to fight that.
What’s your favorite color?
Dark Blue. Maybe Black. One of those.
When you write, do you make a playlist or listen to something in particular?
I find that I end up listening to certain bands for writing certain books or short stories. For The Bloodwood Board it was Our Lady Peace that was most often on my playlist.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?