Q&A

mcfreshskill: What’s your favorite place?

What a question. My favorite place remains to be my mother’s childhood bed in my late grandparents’ house. There was something about that bedroom late at night, my mother reading beside me, the hum of the A/C unit, the otherworldly distant roar of a passing motorcycle…all together it promoted an external white noise that gave freedom to internal adventure.

Once in my father’s executive jurisdiction, the El Conquistador Resort (Fajardo, PR) is also a favorite of mine. With Caribbean luxury, three-tiered mountainside activity and a private off-shore island it was something out of a Pittsburgher’s utopia. I always wanted to marry in a chapel on El Palomino, the little island. I’m almost positive it existed for real. In my memory there were grazing wild horses, crystal sandbars and sub-surface parrotfish torpedoes. It was probably just four sticks with a roof atop a weedy hill of sea oats, but that’s how I remember it so let me be.

A few others: the Book Loft in German Village, Ohio; the Akiba hall that housed Color War sing; the top of a stunt; Alpha Phi Rm 12; Manatee Beach; Blue Martini on Latin night; any Barnes and Noble.

carbenazion: You never talk about Bogey. It seems like you left it open for a sequal. Will there be one?

Yes. Bogey was my first and most painful authorial venture. There’s really nothing like realizing how shitty a writer you are. It takes many an edit to get your work somewhere in the universe of what you hope it’ll be. Those first hundred edits? Oof. It’s a doozy.

I’ve put most of my effort since then on the Dark Water Series, as well as Lamplock (general fiction–spooky hotel mystery) and Pyramid, a nonsensical alien cheerleader thing I adore.

Bogey has a special place in my heart. If I had a brain I’d have delved into the sequel right away, but Lula stole my muse and hasn’t let go yet. I’ll have to do some serious re-nightmaring to get back in Jack’s universe. I found an incredible artist with whom I’d love to collaborate on an illustrated dark fantasy–I think Bogey’s good for that. Just answering your question is making me want to get back to it immediately. I promise, it’ll happen in the next few years.

Casey from Battle Mountain: What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

I’m not big on going out for Valentine’s Day. Not because it’s a ‘hallmark holiday’ or anything like that–I’m getting Rich something and it’ll be his balls if he doesn’t get me at least a card–but because service generally blows on Valentine’s. Restaurants are overcrowded, servers overwhelmed, food prepped in bulk…I don’t know. Right now it’s up in the air. Maybe I’ll go see a movie.

sessna13: greatest inspiration?

I’ve mentioned Christopher Pike about a billion times in this blog, so he’s up there, of course. J. K. Rowling and the creative team behind the Harry Potter franchise for making reading cool again. And Philip Pullman.

Religion begins in story. Yes, it does, because religion is an attempt to make sense of what is incomprehensible to us, what is inexplicable, what is awe-inspiring, what is frightening, what moves us to great wonder, and so on. That is the religious impulse, and it is part of our psychological makeup–of everyone’s psychological makeup.–Pullman.

I want to take a second to send my mom some love. Our dog, Bozo, is being put to sleep later this afternoon. He was my grandfather’s dog. When my grandparents died my mom adopted him. She’s deeply sad today, but I want to remind her that Bozo would not have led the privileged, healthy, warm life that he did without her kind intervention. We love you, Bo. Rest in peace, buddy.

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