Where are you from
Originally London, England. But I’ve spent most of my life in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was in high school when my teacher encouraged me to think about writing seriously. He had introduced me to Poe after reading some of my (admittedly, angst-ridden) dark short stories. I really caught the bug then
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The Knights of Breton Court had its origins in a local ministry called Outreach Inc. They work with homeless teenagers. We were working on various art/writing projects and I was trying to get the kids to imagine themselves in different contexts. What struck me was how they couldn’t imagine their lives past next week. So I started imagining some of them caught up in a larger story. What started out as a lark, eventually became a full blown novel. Basically, the book is a re-telling of the legend of King Arthur except set in modern day Indianapolis, told through the eyes of homeless teenagers. I call it “The Wire” meets “Excalibur”.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That magic, like homelessness, is all around us if we choose to see it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The most terrifying parts.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Steve Stone designed the covers for the trilogy. Joey Hi-Fi did the cover for the omnibus. Needless to say, I’ve been blessed with great artists.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union/Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
Futureland by Walter Moseley
Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists
Watchmen/V for Vendetta/Marvelman by Alan Moore and various artists
Desperation by Stephen King
Right as Rain/Hell to Pay/Soul Circus by George Pelecanos
Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Books of Blood by Clive Barker
A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Well, my current projects all have NDAs attached to them. They’re cool, I just can’t talk about them.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing. It doesn’t get any easier, but you do get better at it.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Husband. Father. Friend. He rocked them all.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I collect comic books. And salt and pepper shakers.
Fiona: What TV shows do you enjoy watching?
Currently I’m enjoying Blacklist, Brooklyn 99 Empire, The Good Wife, Scandal, Dr. Who, Justifed. I consume about 40 hours of tv a week. So I binge watch A LOT (about to watch Sons of Anarchy, Walking Dead, Dexter, and Copper. That should kill a couple weeks in February). The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Homicide: Life on the Streets are among my favorite shows of all time though.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?