What writing are you most proud of? Considering I only have one title on the market, it has to be Kain!
Kain was born from an epic manuscript I started writing in high school and never finished. Lukian was a supporting character in the tale; Kain details his backstory. It is an incredible feeling to see something that spent years collecting cobwebs in my brain dusted off and brought to life. I also invested a huge amount of time researching cool subjects, like deadly martial arts and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, so I’m pleased that I stuck with the project and saw it through to completion.
On the subject of that original manuscript, it will be broken into at least ten interlocking tales that can be read in any order, so there is more from both Lukian and his world to come. Six Below, a gothic romance following the tale of a megacorporation deeply enmeshed with the Empire Daitya, is scheduled for release late October 2013.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? I am proud of the fact that I keep going, no matter what. Life isn’t always easy, and sometimes it’s tempting to run away or give up. This is one of the central themes explored in Kain: Lukian has an entire Empire against him, but he keeps fighting for his life, his independence. It isn’t easy, it isn’t pretty–he drags himself through dumpsters, desolate snowbanks, and central sewer systems–but he never quits. I think anyone in real life who stays true to himself, under pressure, against adversity, is a hero.
What books did you love growing up? My dad introduced me to George Orwell at a very young age, and I fell in love with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, specifically Lestat.
Going further back, I loved everything Diane Hoh, Goosebumps, The Bread Sister of Sinking Creek, The Numblers, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
What book should everybody read at least once? Delta of Venus, by Anais Nin–I discovered this book only a couple of months ago and it has been a revelation. I wish I had read it when I was nineteen. Some passages were written so beautifully, I had to stop to read them again. It is a bird’s eye view of sexuality, covering a wide range of topics in a human context… I only wish I could have read it sooner. I feel like it would have saved me years of fretting and neurosis, in the quest to appreciate all that is natural and beautiful.
Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? I tried so hard to get into James Joyce, but I couldn’t do it. This is a shame, because I am Irish. Maybe I should try again.
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