1. You are the author of a Young Adult Fantasy novel so I have to ask, what were some of you favorite fantasy novels growing up?
I was a HUGE fan of Alice in Wonderland when I was little. In 3rd grade I read it at least ten times. After that it was the Chronicles of Narnia and, of course, Harry Potter.
2. When writing, do you focus more on entertaining the reader or making them think?
I think it’s a little bit of both, to be honest, and that can be a bit of a juggling act. I think you have to know when to try and push the story and when you can slow it down and make them think.
3. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
A lot of different places, honestly! There can be just certain things I see, or other stories I’ve read before. But a lot of my ideas, especially for short stories, come from music. I tend to draw a lot of inspiration from random songs, and I try to take what I see in my head and put a cohesive story to it.
4. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I’m not really sure I know of an exact moment when. Since I was always a reader, I would always write as a sort of hobby. It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I actually started trying to work at it. And when I did write, I kept most of it private until fairly recently.
5. What song do you always sing along with when it comes on the radio?
I’ll sing along with anything on my ipod, but as far as current radio music, I’d say the one I sing along most with is “The Man” by Aloe Blacc.
6. Is there a TV show, movie franchise, or book series that you are currently excited about?
Right now I’d have to say the Superman vs. Batman movie as part of the Man of Steel franchise. I’ve always been a HUGE Batman fan. I loved Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. I’m a little nervous about how this next movie will go, but if Snyder goes along with the Dark Knight Returns comic book story, I’ll be really happy. They’ve also got Gotham coming on FOX in the fall, which I’m looking forward to. (Sorry to get all nerdy on this question!)
7. What is your favorite way to wind down after a busy day?
I’m a pretty simple guy, so I’m content to just lay on the couch and watch TV. Writing’s a good stress reliever, too.
8. What has been the best part of the entire writing/publishing process so far?
The best part is definitely getting positive feedback. It’s really exciting to have someone tell you that they really enjoyed the story that you put so much work into. It makes the whole thing worthwhile.
9. without giving spoilers, what can you tell us about Ryan and the Dark Sword that the synopsis did not cover?
The story has a lot of twists and turns, and, if you’re a fan of Harry Potter or the Chronicles of Narnia, this book is definitely up your alley!
10. I like to do a short word association game at the end of an interview. I will start the sentence and you finish it!
(A) I have always wanted to travel to… Louisville, Kentucky. (I’ve always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, and I’ve heard it’s beautiful.)
(B) I can’t help but laugh when… someone tells a really corny joke.
(C) The last great book I read was… The Passion by Jeannette Winter. Technically I reread it, but it’s a brilliant book.
(D) Some day I will learn how to… speak another language fluently.
(E) The world would be a better place if… people just used common courtesy.