Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I can only ever remember wanting to be a writer. I started writing my first story at about age 8; I started writing my first novel at age 12.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Probably the first time I completed a first draft.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Editing and shaping up included, probably about four months or so.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I’m still in school at the moment. I’m attending Purdue University, majoring in Public Relations.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest book is Finding Sage, and to summarize it I’d say: People with superpowers are hunted in a dystopian future by a Fascist world government.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’m self-published and proud of it.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It’s previously taken me about 2 years, but the Finding Sage sequel, if all goes according to plan, will have been in less than 6 months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I plan on having four books in the series started with Finding Sage, but I also would like to write a space opera story and some urban fantasy and paranormal stories.
What genre would you place your books into?
Dystopian. Other stories that I’m working on would be science fiction and fantasy.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
Fascination with 1984, and the realization that other things could be combined with it.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
That’s easily Eli. He’s very eccentric, being basically a spacy, airheaded hippie. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of fun to write.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve always been inspired to write, just as an extension of loving to read. I’ve been writing since I was 12 and more seriously since about 17 or so.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I usually listen to soundtrack music while I write.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
The title always comes after, and it usually changes two or three times after that.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
For character names I frequent baby name websites. For places, I usually just throw together random syllables until something clicks.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Names always come after creation.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Usually before writing a book, although I sometimes create new characters in the middle of writing, in which case their traits are obviously done as I go along.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Yes. But I like the readers to discern that for themselves. I will say that Finding Sage was originally supposed to be about political persecution, but I think it ended up being about something else that I think is actually cooler.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Generally hardback, but eBooks are cool because they’re inexpensive.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Unwind by Neal Shusterman, because it’s the only book to keep me up until 2 a.m. I haven’t read it more than once, mostly because the series isn’t done yet.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Typically they don’t, although there are exceptions. I do like Return of the King. The worst would definitely be Eragon.
Your favorite food is?
Mexican food, or anything with cheese. Or cheese by itself.
Your favorite singer/group is?
Hands Like Houses
Your favorite color is?
Green and blue. I like them both.
Your favorite Author is?
Neal Shusterman is my favorite living author. My favorite non-living author is C.S. Lewis.