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Q What do you write?

Besides articles about writing and training manuals? Novels. Well series really, but I could in theory write a stand-alone. Technically I also write code but I don't think that's what you're going for.

Q Do you have a genre?

I blend science fiction and fantasy. And possibly a mix of horror and urban fantasy if you count a project on the back, back burner. I've taken so long to come out with the first series I have two others in the queue. (It's not as impressive as it might sound). That's if you don't count the vacation project.

It's well known that in order to finish anything you need to focus on one story at a time. And I agree. But my main project is heavy hitting and time consuming so I have something on the side when I want a break. The others get poked at once in a while to make sure my subconscious still knows about them. Anything else goes on a waiting list.

Q You've been at this nineteen years? Why haven't you finished?

I did. It wasn't good enough. The rest of the books were sketched out and the next one was much more suited to being joined up. They had started up as one, and according to my writing instincts they needed to stay that way. So I'm back to the drawing board. As mentioned elsewhere, I've been teaching myself to write this whole time, and I didn't narrow the field on what to work on till 2008. Before that I was jumping around while I teased out what I wanted to do. The initial characters have been here the whole time, but the current story is quite new. Well if you call five years new. Did I mention I take a long time?

Q Seriously, you haven't finished anything in all this time?

Okay, I admit, I have a few completed works, as far as writing goes. But they all require art of some kind - either for a picture book or animation so they’re hanging out in the wings. And then there is the photo-poetry book. While researching publishing, I used Amazon’s CreateSpace to produce an intimate look at bipolar. However, I have since removed it from print. It was a good experiment but flawed in the delivery. Chances are likely I will release it again sometime.

Q Wait a minute, why is there a “u” in colour? And why do you refer to something as burnt rather than burned?

Ah, glad you asked. I’m English. I do live in the United States, but that hasn’t altered my spelling habits much. My website, my choice.

Q Okay, I can accept that, but you're not consistent.

It's a fair cop. Some words I learned in the states, some are habit, some I use mostly spoken and really it's just arbitrary. Welcome to my world.

Q Can you tell me a random fact about you?

I draw with two hands at the same time.

Q Huh?

I have true ambidexterity. My right hand is stronger; my left hand has better control over fine movements. As a result my left hand is a better artist and somehow taps into different instincts. It knows where to go. My right hand is more whimsical, better at long lines like hair, and my right thumb is the one I smudge with. Most of the time the right hand uses the eraser unless I need to be more precise or a lighter touch, at which point I fuss with both hands. If you see me in a coffee shop I'm the one with two pencils, swapping back and forth would be too annoying.

Q One last thing, where do you live?

Casa de Weird, Wits End, Northern California, USA


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