1. What scares you most?
As a father of four with the youngest being nine and one, I'm afraid of not properly preparing my younger children for what's waiting for them out there in the world.
2. Who is your favorite author?
Jessie Redmon Fauset. She was part of that first wave of writers published during what we ca~l the Harlem Renaissance. Although some have charged her with indulging in too much idealism, that's what I love about her. She dared to capture the reality of a dire situation and reimagined and cultivated it into a world of hopeful and inspiring possibilities.
3. How do you write (laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk)?
There was a time when I wrote with pen and paper, but that was nearly a decade ago. I'm a sit at the computer and type kind of guy. I may jot something onto a piece of paper if I can't get to the computer, but it's become very difficult for ideas to come to me with a pen in hand. I'm addicted to seeing my words and ideas magically appear on the screen as I type. It's almost inspirational. I get a rush out of it.
4. How much sleep do you need to be at your best?
Sleep? Who sleeps? Seriously. I steal an hour here and there. Much of my writing is the result of a lot of contemplation about how a story or plot can play out. Not only does that contemplation happen long before I start writing, but it usually occurs when I'm trying to go to sleep. Before I know it, I've spent hours lying in bed working a story out in my head. I guess you could say that I'm at my best when I think I need sleep.
5. Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
It would be great if I could make a lot of money from my writing, but money's not the barometer I use to measure my success as a writer. Although it sounds corny or cliché, I just want people to enjoy my writing. Success for me is about having readers really connect with a moment, a character, a situation, or even a sentence in my works. I've experienced a stranger telling me I how much he loved a certain scene in one of my works, how much it touched him, and at that moment I got a taste of what it is to be a successful writer. That's the bar for me. I'm hoping to have millions of people expressing those kinds of connections to my work, even if they passed around the same book. Of course I would prefer they each purchase their own copy. Like I said, it'll be great to make a lot of money.
6. What's your greatest strength as a writer?
I would say that my greatest strength as a writer is that I don't take writing for granted. I cherish every opportunity I've been afforded to write. There are people who are capable of writing, but they can never seem to get going. I understand that writing is not simply a skill, it's also a gift. I don't take it for granted, which leads me to constantly work at being better at it.
7. What book should everybody read at least once?
There are so many. If I had to choose one, I'd say Walter Mosely's Man in My Basement. It's kind of quirky, but it's very thought-provoking. It's a great conversation piece to say the least. It raises a lot of controversial questions without taking itself too seriously.
In this Urban Fantasy, the devil’s daughter, SALEENA, and her reaper boyfriend, IZZY, elope to earth and seek to overthrow her estranged brother, SIMON CLASH, as the devil’s heir apparent on earth, but Simon is head of a powerful conglomerate, and he’s not going out without a fight. As the rivalry turns bloody, the warring siblings discover the devil has been manipulating their feud to advance his secret agenda and is using them as decoys to draw out a sword-wielding champion of humanity called the HOST, whom must be slain before the devil can unleash a reign of terror on earth.
Legend says the Host will emerge when humanity plunges into hopelessness and despair, and NATHANIEL BRENNER, the young man responsible for delivering a magic sword to the Host, hopes that is soon. Nathaniel has spent the last six years searching for the Host to no avail and has recently seen a drastic rise in demon activity on earth, which he knows could only mean one thing: humanity is running out of time. Saleena and Simon unite to save their own hides, but it may be too late—not only for the devil’s offspring, but for humanity too! The future of humanity hangs in the balance, and Nathaniel is determined to thwart the devil’s plans and find the Host.
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Genre - Urban Fantasy
Rating - PG-13
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