Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in Connecticut with my family. I’m really into politics and sports (soccer, football, basketball, olympics). I like TV commercials and over-analysizing mindless movies.
I have three books in my The Children of Clay series. The first is The Clay Queen. The second is Clay to Ashes. The third is Icon of Clay.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My most recent book is the Icon of Clay. The series traces the life of one of two gods who is in a seven-thousand-year struggle with the sky god. At some point in her journey, she reincarnates as a contemporary woman Bridget Blade, and the series focuses on Bridget’s growth into her status as a deity.
Icon of Clay refers to Bridget’s ongoing self-discovery as both a divine icon or image, but also as a child of clay, seemingly worthless and discardable. Thus you have a woman who has her regular human hopes and fears and desires, but who is also pushed by divine impulses she doesn’t necessarily understand. She will learn that what may be acceptable for gods doesn’t translate well for human. So what then is a human-god to do?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Unfortunately no. It feels like every real artist should have some sort of quirk. I am the most normal person you’ll ever meet.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve tended towards literary classics for years. So George Orwell, Albert Camus, C.S. Lewis
What are you working on now?
I’m working on books 4 and 5 of The Children of Clay series. Book 4 is tentatively entitled, Fragments. Both books are finishing up the first installment of the series. When it’s all said and done, the series will be about 8 books, then I can laptop drop.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I prefer it when other authors feature my books to their fans. It seems more personal that way.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writing is art. It’s your story. It’s your voice. That said, writing and the business of writing are two separate things and you must master both.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I can remember it right now, but it was really, really good.
What are you reading now?
I have my hands in a few pots right now. I’m not reading any single thing, but bits and pieces of various books.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To complete The Children of Clay series. I may retire the pen after that. If I don’t, I have a vampire series percolating in my head. There’s also a dragon idea in there somewhere. And I really want to do a humorous middle grade book, but I’m not even sure how to pull it off.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces
George Orwell’s 1984
Albert Camus’ The Plague
St. Bonaventure’s The Ascent of the Mind to God