What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I’ve been a voracious reader as far back as I can remember. Stories captivated me. Eventually, I realized that writing my own stuff was the ultimate “choose your own adventure”. The realization that I could make up my own stories was (and is) intoxicating. The first thing I clearly remember writing is a horror story titled The Thing in the Closet. This would have been third or fourth grade, so I guess I was around nine years old. I actually still have it (thanks to my mom who throws nothing away ever) – it is covered in black construction paper and has a crayon-rendered, blood-dripping hand slithering out of a closet – my first published work.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I want to say I write every day, because it is what I believe every writer should do. But it ain’t true. I write as often as I can. My “day job” is extremely demanding…which, of course, is no excuse. Back to my original answer: I write every day, come hell or high water.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
Probably dark psychological suspense, if that’s an actual genre. I also enjoy horror (reading and writing) but dark suspense is what my muse tends to drag me towards more often than not.
What draws you to write in that genre?
Besides my muse? Ahem. I guess I like placing characters in what-the-hell-is-going-on situations to see how they’ll react, or how resourceful they can be. Then again, I’m not entirely sure we pick our genres. I think we’re wired to see the world a certain way and that naturally reveals itself in our writing.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
My current project is simmering away on a low heat because I am a little scared of it. The working title is Kimberlina…or Searching for Kimberlina…or Saving Kimberlina…or maybe something entirely different. The idea came from a simple sign on the freeway pointing to an off-ramp for a street with a young girl’s name. By the end of this hours-long road trip, that girl’s name had turned into what feels like could be an epic horror trilogy. I don’t know how or why, and I’m afraid to ask. I’ve never had an experience like that and likely never will again. This one will be horror with a heavy psychological/surreal bent, which will make it the first all-out full-length horror novel I’ve written. First drafts usually take me a few months, depending on the length. This one rattled around my head for the better part of a year before I ever put down a word. I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. If I can pull off some of the scarier scenes that have suggested themselves, I believe readers will actually jump in their chairs (which is very tough to do in fiction, as opposed to movies), and perhaps have to set the book down for a moment or two to regain composure. This is my hope.
What are your writing plans for the future?
To keep getting better at what I do. And to write every day – every single day.
Where can people find out more about you?
When not selling plastic to support my writing habit, I (and my books) can be found here: