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How did you get your start in writing?
I started writing in high school. My best friend and I were heavily into comic books and we wanted to make our own stories. I dabbled in short stories on my own; my mother had been a huge reader and got me started on Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and F. Paul Wilson and eventually I wanted to write stories like them too.
who are your biggest influences
F. Paul Wilson, F. Paul Wilson, F. Paul Wilson. I’m into King because every horror fan is into him at some point, but I learned how to be a writer from Wilson. I found myself doing more than reading the words, but learning how characters spoke, point of view, etc.
What is your biggest inspiration when creating?
Keeping an open mind. Sometimes there might be a turn of phrase or something I see on TV or outside somewhere. I was playing with my daughter and something I was doing with her helped me come up with a title to something I’m going to be writing later on this year and round out the plot a bit.
Could you give us the details of your current project?
Tales from an Apartment is 8 short stories that I wrote last year. It’s been described as Twilight Zone-ish. They all take place in the same apartment, but in different times and realities. “Slug” is about a woman who comes home to find her husband has put a vending machine in their living room and has become fiercely protective of it, “Hay-Zeus is Watching” is about a thief who breaks into the apartment and finds he is not as alone as he initially thought, “Neighbor” is about a man who becomes infatuated with an apparition in the apartment across the parking lot from his, a woman is informed by an angel that God no longer loves her, a man awakens from death to see his wife teetering on the edge of sanity, a pregnant woman has to literally protect her husband from himself, and a couple casually discuss how they would kill each other.
What is the next goal you would like to achieve with your writing?
I want to write a young adult novel. I actually already have one in mind.
Final four (questions we ask all interviewees)
When the zombies take over the world where will you be?
I’d like to say I’d be hunkered down in a bunker with enough sandwiches and ammo to last 20 years, but I’ll probably be gobbled while not paying attention to where I’m going while on my Droid.
Jedi, Ninja, vampire, were-wolf, pirate, fairy or Spartan?
What one piece of art, be it music, book, film or picture, do you think people must experience before they die?
Nightcall by Kavinsky.
Give one fact that most people would not believe about you?
I have an extra rib. It’s actually not that uncommon, but I didn’t find that out until about 2 years ago. It’s uncomfortable to sleep on.