Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
This is my first novel. I started out writing a lot of horror stories, but the humor kept coming through. This is my first start to finish push for a dark comedy. They say write about what you know. I know fear, and I know laughter. I infuse them both in this novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Teaching Frankenstein: A Cautionary Tale is my first novel. I was a high school teacher for four years, and I choose that path as many teachers do, but quickly discovered it was much different from what I was told. I weathered a few storms but ultimately walked away. I wanted to write a novel that showcased the reality of the classroom in a way that reflected society and universal ideas. All while making people laugh in a way that will surprise you.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m literally insane about it. I will lock the door, blast the A/C and talk to myself while listening to epic music soundtracks on Youtube and only taking breaks to eat and shower. I’m a bizarre person.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Frankenstein. I can relate to Victor’s obsessive nature. The Stupidest Angel. Christopher Moore showed me how to keep it fun, but still be wholesome. And anything by Dan Brown. He knows how to get you to turn the page.
What are you working on now?
Promoting this novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
That, I’m still learning. This is my first big push.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Respect what’s come before, then figure out how to create a foundation for future writers.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“This was not what I expected.” When I was 19, I showed a friend of mine a short story. Knowing me, he was expecting humor. Instead, he got a very dark tale. It kind of stuck with me, a feeling like I was leaving something out of my writing.
What are you reading now?
Noir – Christopher Moore
What’s next for you as a writer?
Pure absurdism. A novel about a street war with unlikely heroes.
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?
Infinite Jest. It would be long enough to maybe ask the rescuers to come back a little later. American Psycho. Frankenstein. Choke.