What book should everybody read at least once? Peter Pan. It’s magical and heartbreaking, telling truths in that final chapter that most children’s books never want to admit.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you? Died valiantly fighting a dragon.
How did you develop your writing? I was working towards being an animator and comic book artist, and so I concentrated a lot on dialogue and being efficient with words so as not to clutter a panel or have to lip sync a lot. Then I took a novel writing class taught by Lynda Simmons hoping it would give me a better foundation for developing my comic book plots. Instead it made me want to write short stories and novels more than comics.
Where do you get your inspiration from? The strangest places. A simple image of a cat on a ledge. Hearing about someone’s night or a daydream they had. Then I take a walk and let the pieces roll together in my mind.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Marketing. You can pen a masterpiece, but without knowing how to get it into someone’s hands, it’ll languish on a shelf. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a perfect example of something with critical acclaim that went nowhere until people found out J.K. Rowling was the author.
Do you find it hard to share your work? No. There are times when I might want to leave the room while someone is reading my work, but I’m curious to hear comments. It’s how you grow.
Genre - Children’s Fantasy
Rating – PG
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