Questions and more questions
What's up with Scarlet and Liall? When will we get another book in the Scarlet and the White Wolf series?The King of Forever
is now available! Sorry it's taken a while for an update, but the Scarlet books take a long time for me to write. I want them to be more than standard romance tales and at the same time stay true to the world of Nemerl, and it's quite a complicated world. I've had to create a Wiki
to keep my facts straight. As the saying goes, when you need a spreadsheet to keep track of your characters... well, I don't know how that saying goes, but it's definitely taking me a long time to finish The Temple Road
, which is the next book in the Scarlet and the White Wolf
As a bonus, there is also a spinoff novel in the works. It's set in capitol city of Rusa and titled The Flower Prince
What happened to Erisine?
Due to other publishing commitments, Erisine
got put on the back burner, but not forever. I intend to return to working on Erisine
Who created your website?
I wrote the html page contents, based on a css code originally written by my buddy Analise. The novel covers are by Analise Dubner, LC Chase, and me. I created the typography and header images, and the larger background images I licensed from UnholyVault via Dreamstime, then Photoshopped them to suit the website theme. The Wordpress template for my blog was based on John Loan Pro, with extensive edits, with Reya Starck as consultant. Many thanks to everyone!
Are all your novels about gay characters?
I don't think of my novels as "gay books", though they absolutely earn that label. I write novels that happen to contain gay characters
. Homosexuality is a natural and common variant of human sexuality, so there's nothing strange or even remarkable about having gay characters in any story. If anything, it's strange not
to have gay characters in modern books. There will always be some representation of LGBTQI characters in any novel I write. Period.
Do you really play all those video games?
Put it this way: They recognize me at Gamestop, so yep.
Can I find the Scarlet books in other languages?
Yes! In 2016 there will be a French-language edition of the first 3 novels of the Scarlet trilogy, published by MXM Bookmark.
Will there ever be a Scarlet and the White Wolf comic/doujinshi/graphic novel?
I can't hire a private artist at this time, but if there are any yaoi or graphic artists out there who want to collaborate with me, please drop me an email. I'd love to hear your ideas.
What's your writing process? Do you have any advice for new writers?
Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning? Revenge is a dish best served cold? Bueller?
Honestly, I have no idea what my process is. It's all over the place. Some days I'll write for 10 hours and get 1,500 words out, and on others I'll write for 4 hours and get 8,000 words. Some days I don't write a thing. My inspiration is tidal: it comes and goes. I don't try to schedule it, other than wandering to my (disconnected from the internet) laptop by the east-facing window around mid-morning. Strict schedules don't work for me. What I definitely do - and what every professional writer will tell you to do - is work on something every day. Even if all you can muster is to open the file and read it, at least you're keeping the work fresh in your mind. Whatever method you decide works for you, park your butt in the chair daily and direct your energy to the page. "Writers Write" isn't a suggestion, it's a creed.
How can I contact you?
Email is the best way to make sure it actually gets to me. I do try to answer fan mail every day, but sometimes I get busy and neglect to respond immediately, and then the email will stew in my Unanswered folder for a few weeks until I feel bad enough to read it again, and then I think "Oh god, you're so conceited. Do you really think they still want to hear from you after all this time? Unlikely. They've totally forgotten all about it!" My Lil Hater works overtime.
Will there ever be a sequel to Angels of the Deep?
I never say never, but I don't see it happening any time soon. Researching the material alone took me a year, two years to write the book, plus another year of edits. It was an exhausting novel and to be honest, it's going to take something like a movie deal or large advance or something equally COOL to get me to dedicate another chunk of time to a second novel of Hanoch.
Sucks, I know, but there's just not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. If novels wrote themselves, there'd be no need for marmots. Authors. Whatever.
Will you look at my fanart that I drew/painted of your characters?
I'll not only look at it, I'll make other people look at it. I'll print it out and tape it to my refrigerator. I might possibly sleep with a copy under my pillow. <3
How do you feel about people writing fanfiction based on your characters/novels?
For legal reasons, I can't read any of it, but I'm flattered and I think it's REALLY COOL and as long as no one is illicitly profiting (as in money) from my hard work, I see absolutely no harm in it.
What genre describes your writing?
So far I've written in the romance, fantasy, horror, historical romance, speculative, steampunk, and paranormal genres. If you're looking for a common theme in all of that, I write relationship-driven stories with high stakes for the lovers. I've found that -for myself - I get very little out of reading a book where everyone gets along and nothing is on the line. Conflict, consequences, and struggling for happiness are the common hurdles of real life, and all my characters have to deal with those. Because I said so.
Who are your favorite authors?
In no particular order, and without noting what time period in my life I was reading (or re-reading) their works, here it is: J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Frank Herbert, Ellen Kushner, Cormac McCarthy, Warren Hammond, George R.R. Martin, Tanith Lee, C.J. Cherryh, Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, H.G. Wells, Alan Paton, Brent Weeks, Scott Lynch, Clive Barker, Andre Norton, Paolo Bacigalupi, K.J. Bishop, F.M. Busby, Victor Hugo, Pearl S. Buck, E. M. Forster, Mary Stuart, Parke Godwin, Julian May, Barry Sadler, Don Pendleton, Andre Dumas, Leon Uris, Robert E. Howard, Brian Daley, Mary Renault, Poppy Z. Brite, Taylor Caldwell, Lynn Flewelling, George Lucas, Alan Dean Foster, Anne Rice, Edith Wharton, Isaac Asimov, Alice Walker, John D. MacDonald, James Clavell, Hermann Hesse, Margaret Atwood, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, George Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, and finally, Willam Shakespeare.
And I have to mention Ridley Scott, because in the bubbling swales and swirly fens that are the muskeg lands of my brain, he is king.