“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” -George Orwell
1. How would you describe yourself?
I’m just a regular guy, neither lazier nor more productive than most!
2. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Chocolate mini-wheats because I am normal but I also bring some (awesome) stuff to the table!
3. What are you passionate about?
It depends on my mood. I like to argue and explain things, and I get passionate about anything from politics to social injustice to the best flavor of starbursts (Cherry, obviously). I try to tone it down.
4. What can you tell us about your current project?
I finished the first draft! It was rough getting through the last few chapters, and now I’m rewriting to make them good. It’s an angels and demons sort of novel, kind of like the Dresden files, and full of action and cool stuff! It’ll be called Raven’s Peak.
5. What are you doing in your life to influence the world and/or community?
That’s a tough one. I have basically two full-time jobs between writing and developing software, but I also like to do things to help other people. This makes me feel like I need to do more productive things to better the world.
6. If you could rewrite a part of your history, would you?
7. Who do you admire and why?
Stephen King has always been my favorite writer because his style is so personal. It’s easy to relate to his characters. I also admire Obama because he’s able to weave through a myriad world of stupid politics and stupid people and still manage to remain a gentleman.
8. If you had one year to live, what would you do?
If I only had one year I’d probably be really sad! Travel sounds like the right answer, but I think I’d just want to spend time with my wife and family and the people who love me.
9. Snickers or Twix? Why?
Snickers. This one doesn’t need a reason!
10. How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?
Success is enjoying what you do. I’d say I’m at about eighty-percent. I enjoy what I do, but spending nine hours a day working is just too many. I think the work week should be thirty hours at most!
11. What are you biggest goals and dreams?
Write for movies or television shows.
12. What is stopping you from pursuing them?
I live in the wrong state, my work isn’t popular enough, it’s an incredibly competitive market, I only want to work on some shows, and no one has asked me to come do it!
13. What risk would you take, if you knew you could not fail?
If I knew I couldn’t fail: traveling to Mars.
14. Which Hogwarts house would you belong to? Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw? Why?Gryffindor. That one’s too easy.
15. What is your biggest strength?
I’m stubborn. Also a pretty big weakness.
16. What is your perception of the world?
It’s full of a lot of good people and bad situations. There are a lot of things out there that encourage selfishness and evil, but no one starts out as evil. Also, I think that there are going to be a lot of crazy shifts in the future as the world gets smaller and cultures clash more.
17. If you were the one survivor of a plane crash, on a tropical island, what would be the first thing you would do?
Look for the radio.
18. If you could change one thing, and one thing only, about the people of this world, what would it be?
19. What are other books you have written?
UAV, which is a thriller about drones being used by mercenaries on American Soil, Ripples Through Time, which is about an old man whose wife just died trying to decide if he has a reason to go on, Graveyard of Empires, which is a science fiction space opera, and Schism, which is a collection of short stories about various topics.
20. Where can we connect with you?