Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in a haunted house in the woods, and I love clowns.
What do you write (genre, length)?
I write bizzaro fiction. Horror Comedy. Usually novella or short story length and I’ve also turned some of these into screenplays.
What is/are your current project/s? Please give us some details.
Maintenance Man. Book and screenplay. After doing the Desk Clerk movie (my only non-bizzaro comedy) based on working as a desk clerk in a hotel, I remembered that when I was a desk clerk, my husband was a maintenance man and had plenty of good stories from that job.
Who (author or otherwise) or what book inspired you to write?
Not sure. I wrote my first stories as a small child and have always been writing them.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t listen to writing advice. Seriously, most of it is bullshit. Just write what you want and keep perfecting it. Don’t worry about what’s popular or what publishers are supposedly looking for or some kind of magic story formula that guarantees success. Also, don’t listen to other writers who complain constantly about how hard it is to get published or whatever. Don’t waste your time reading blogs and blogs and Twitter posts from “writers” about their constant struggles. It’s just a distraction that wastes time for them and you. If the constant whiners put half the effort into writing that they do into whining about writing, they’d get something accomplished and not have anything to whine about. Besides being a major waste of time, it just reinforces insecurities that you need to get over to be successful.
What do you do for a living?
I write books, make movies, do voice-overs, and narration.
Who is/are your favorite author(s)?
Robert Heinlein. He was definitely ahead of his time.
What is/are your favorite book(s)?
My favorite story is a novella by Robert Heinlein called The Unpleasant Profession of Johnathan Hogue. Read it. DO NOT read about it on Wikipedia. It gives the whole thing away without any of the actual story.
What’s the best compliment someone can give you as an author?
That I made them laugh.
What is the strangest/most interesting/coolest/weirdest/scariest thing you’ve had to research for a book or short story?
Nuclear power plants turned out to be very scary. I’m sure I didn’t think nuclear power was a great idea before but, after researching how they work and just how RIDICULOUSLY EASY it would be for things to go wrong, and just how WRONG those things can get, I can’t believe anybody, ever thought that was a good idea. I abandoned the project I was working on that involved that research. It just wasn’t funny anymore. Maybe someday I’ll go back to it.
What is the most difﬁcult part of writing for you? Why?
Letting it go. Deciding it’s done, because there is always room for improvement.
What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
Fantasy. It’s like listening to someone with a pleasant accent. They’re saying all the same bullshit everyone else says, but it just sounds so fancy and intriguing. Fantasy stories are just like that. Same typical ridiculous power struggles of everyday life just made fun and interesting with made up races, weapons, and rules of reality.
What are some little known facts about you? Hobbies, talents, anything?
I was the first kid in my first grade class to have an Atari. It was the height of my school popularity.
Do you like physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks better? Why?
Physical and ebooks are both fine. I’m not really into audiobooks myself. There’s nothing wrong with them. It’s just not reading, it’s listening. It’s apples and oranges to me. If I’m in the mood to read, I don’t want to listen.
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