Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a Canadian author in my 30s currently living in Zürich, Switzerland. My wife and I have traveled around the globe the last few years; we recently moved here by way of Melbourne, Australia and Victoria, Canada. I love to experience new cultures and locations as inspirations for my work. When I’m not writing, I’m usually on stage. I work all over the world as a theatrical director and performer. To date I have published six books, which include two novels, a short story collection, and a youth fantasy trilogy.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled The Munsen Street Drive-In Theatre (& Tie Factory). I was inspired to write a comedy/mystery simply because I hadn’t yet done so, and I love new challenges.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know if this counts, but I tend to have the title first. Then I think to myself, “That sounds interesting. I wonder what that book is about?” Then I write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I really respect Lois McMaster Bujold for her ability to span genres while staying within a single universe, writing varying story styles with the same characters. Scott Lynch’s ability to write fascinating characters with great humour and pathos is something I aspire to as well. And Patrick Rothfus is brilliant at world-building and creating a sense of great depth and history to his work.
What are you working on now?
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have my own website, www.jrvikse.com, but I also use other social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc to spread the word.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write, write, write! Then go read something totally unrelated and come back to see your work with new eyes. Then write some more. And don’t publish until you’re sure you’re happy with the final product.
What are you reading now?
The Manticore by Robertson Davies, while I wait for Patrick Rothfus to release his next book!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next I have to decide what story to attack next. I have a backlog of outlines to choose from. Once one of them is chosen, the chaos begins again!