When did you start writing?
I've been writing stories since I first learned how to write. My mother always expected I'd grow into a writer one day. Stories, fantasy stories, are like breath to me. I must read them and write them or suffocate under the weight of the mundane.
What inspires your writing?
Literally everything. I might overhear a conversation in a coffee shop that sticks in my mind, something might grab me from a news article, random images can form story nuggets that linger. For me I think the key is curiosity - seeing or reading something and asking *why*, and then adding magic into the mix.
What is the best part about being a writer?
The easy answer to this is that I get to work in my PJs on my patio with my dogs everyday. The real answer is far more complex. Books subtly change us in a myriad of tiny ways. Particularly with speculative fiction, they allow us to see *possibility*, to see the world differently that what we've done before. Being involved in creating such objects of power is the coolest possible thing.
Genre: YA Fantasy
Deep in the Oakwood, a boy is born without magic.
In a land where powers flow through one’s veins as naturally as water down a mountain stream, Micah is an aberration detested by everyone—everyone except Alekka, a gifted but solitary mage who understands the price of isolation. Her sensitivity to the thoughts of others drives her to seek solace in the forests surrounding Aclay, a small village that has been living under a malevolent shadow for hundreds of years.
As fear and loss ravage the countryside, the two outcasts form an unlikely bond forged in loneliness and surrounded by the flickering silhouettes of destiny. When their home is destroyed, the outcasts must join a volatile group of their peers on a journey that threatens to strip them of everything they cherish, imperil everything they’ve ever known, even force them to question the nature of reality itself. Can they find the key to stemming the tide of darkness without losing themselves along the way?
An item of interest might be that the inspiration behind what this book turned out to be was my nephew and an issue he was having with bullying by some neighborhood kids. He was five at the time, had just moved into the neighborhood, and there was a group of kids who ruled the hood with an intolerant and cruel fist. It was mostly verbal taunting but there were a few scraps. And the truly bothersome thing, to me, was their parents were the same as their kids.
So I wanted to write something about the value of diversity, the importance of difference, and how everyone brings value to the quest. Thus was Magicless born.
When the working-day ends the world around me shifts from one filled with engineers and machines to one filled with magic, myth and adventure. My heart lives here, along with my writing. I write fantasy of all kinds, some epic, some urban, and some dark, some young adult and some for mature readers.
You can find my young adult novel Magicless at all major online retailers. My next book, Desiderium, Monsters the First will be out in October 2014.
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