Brimstone and Lily
Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Twain, Dickens, Christopher Moore are influences. I’ve never NOT written (since at least age 9).
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
A stage actor and/or fight choreographer. I’m an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and have designed umpteen dozen swordfights for practically every play with a violent scene: ROMEO, HAMLET, MACBETH, CYRANO, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, etc.
Q: Favorite genres to read?
Bio. and Memoirs, History/Historical Fiction, Humor, Sci Fi/Fantasy, YA.
Q: What are your pet peeves?
People who whine about “the market” or “evil agents” or “big publishing houses.” We did all of that, then decided to start our own company, rather than pouting. The book wins awards, so I guess we were right and all of the agents/editors were wrong. 🙂
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
I have Asperger Syndrome (mild autism), which makes me socially awkward but gave me a ridiculously-effective brain (qualified for Jeopardy twice, as well as Mensa).
Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
Books are sold online (Amazon, B & N, etc.), in select chain and indie stores.
The next book in the series, JASPER’S FOUL TONGUE, will be out by September 1, 2010.
I’m working on a Steampunk novel that will be a parody of James Bond, Peter Whimsey, and “The Avengers.” It’s called PARAGON OF THE ECCENTRIC and is an alternate-history 1887 prequel to WAR OF THE WORLDS. Oscar Wilde appears as a secret agent pal of the protagonist, Montague Paragon (who has survivor’s guilt from the Zulu Wars and a clockwork prosthetic leg). There are hookers with tentacles, ornithopters, Bartitsu fights, ray guns, DNA experiments…all of the good stuff.