I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
Lots and lots of work. I told my parents when I was 8 that I wanted to be an author, and I wrote all through school, but it wasn’t until college when I started taking it seriously as a viable career. I started worldbuilding and outlining and writing novels, and six books (and eight years) later I finally wrote one that was good enough to publish: I Am Not A Serial Killer.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
Not really. It was difficult to write a book good enough to publish (8 years, like I said), but once it was written I was able to sell it in just a few months. Finding an agent for it was harder, because all of the agents I knew worked with fantasy, and I’d written a horror novel, so they didn’t know what to do with it.
Could you describe literature in three words?
My favorite thing.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
American Psycho. I love the movie, but I tried the book and it was just too much for me. Pointlessly, graphically cruel. I get enough of that from the real world.
What’s your favorite book?
Dune, by Frank Herbert.
“Do not mistake passing cloud cover for general darkness.” –Neal A. Maxwell
EBooks or paper print?
I read both, and I publish in both, but given the option I will always go for the printed book.
What inspires you?
Everything, but the two biggest categories are “science gone wrong” and “people making bad decisions.”
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be? Please explain.
Tars Tarkas, the giant green alien from the Martian Chronicles by Edgar Rice Burroughs. First of all, because I think he would be fascinating to talk to, with a completely different, non-human perspective, but second of all, because talking to him would mean going to Mars 🙂
What’s your worst nightmare?
Having to get a real job again.
The best decision of your life was?
Marrying my wife.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
My current project is a strange one–for the first time, I am co-writing a series with another author. Brandon Sanderson and I are writing a trilogy of books that are kind of science fiction, and kind of fantasy, and super weird and wonderful. It’s called The Apocalypse Guard, about a group of people who travel from one reality to another saving worlds from destruction. We’re working on a second draft now, so it won’t be published for a year or two, but it’s going to knock your socks off.