Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I started writing since I was eight years old, so just over twenty years ago where I wrote backstories to boardgames I made up. These backstories were the seeds of what eventually became Mental Damnation. From there, the writing evolved in my teens and finally into my twenties, where I decided to give writing a real shot.
By day I am a graphic designer and work as a freelancer, which gives me a ton of flexibility to write and promote my books as an indie author. The artwork, covers, and design are all done by me, including the books by the boutique publishing houses.
On the side – if free time exists – I also have a kink for music. The musical interests do show up time to time with scores I write for the books or improv background music to the live readings I do for the short stories on my blog.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
Probably my interest in music is obscure to most. I’ve been a huge fan of industrial music since I heard my older brother play KMFDM. I was about nine or so. Industrial music includes bands such as Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, etc. The industrial music, gothic fashion, and the punk-rock D.I.Y. attitude has been ingrained into me and has shaped my whole life by being a freelance designer and indie author. All D.I.Y.
Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!
I got laser eye surgery a few years ago. It indeed was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made with my life. Probably next to fully committed to my writing back in 2011. My eyesight is better than when I had glasses, who would have known?
What are some of your pet peeves?
With writing, I’d say some of the fallback sentences I use. Always working on improving the craft and not falling victim to those tropes.
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Death has been a common theme in all of my work across all artforms. Knowing my mortality is always in the back of my head. So this question I ask myself a lot. The answer continuously varies depending on my mood and where I am at in life.
At this exact moment in the 2020 pandemic world, I’d tell all my family, friends, and loved ones to gather and have a cheer. What else could you do for 24 hours?
What are you passionate about these days?
Now that Mortal, the final book in the Mental Damnation series, is wrapped up, there’s been a mountain lifted off of my shoulders. The series was first conceived 14 years ago, back in 2006. So having it come to life as a completed storyline has my fired up to see where else my writing will go. What new stories will come in the new era? I can’t wait, and I want to share it all with the exceptionally supportive and loyal fans.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
The answer depends on the days and my energy levels. The short stories I write on my blog are a fun sandbox for me to explore new narrative voices, genres, and literary styles. I find writing them quite relaxing. I also find playing music, drawing, or reading a good book a good time.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
A Writer and Graphic Designer.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Fun question. Even though I’ve been writing for about 20 years, professionally for 8, I haven’t considered myself a real writer until late 2018. My crime thriller novel YEGman launched. I also started writing short stories on my blog. I signed a publishing contract for another book, The White Hand, was touring for YEGman with book signings and speaking at conventions, and had sold a couple of short stories.
That’s when it hit me. Even though I was writing for many years, almost every day, I didn’t realize I was living the writer’s life. Now I am not shy about saying it and feel far more confident in my writing than before.
Do you have a favorite movie?
That’s a tough one. It’s a tie between Fight Club and The Thing.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
All of them. The least complicated story in terms of the budget would probably be YEGman or The White Hand. Although, seeing the world of Mental Damnation brought to the big screen with a fusion of practical effects and digital, like with The Lord of the Rings, would be phenomenal.