Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?
I am always up for some coffee.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am full time graduate student studying intellectual and cultural American history. Right now I am particularly interested in the history urban space and how that space as utilized and thought about. My other academic interests are many and varies but include civil law and radical Christian theology.
Aside from my academics, I am small, quiet, and love to cook. I’m very in to alternative men’s fashion, dapper and dandyism. I live outside of New York City which I’m still trying to get used to/come to terms with. Everything is so expensive here. I’m an early riser, and more of a cat person although I love dogs too. I am a science fiction, fantasy and comic book geek, a sex geek, and life long Holmsian.
When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
Probably “Yes!” with a fist pump. It is always exciting when I get a story accepted since I’m always convinced it’s going to be rejected until I actually see the acceptance letter.
What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?
I consider myself more of a writer of queer genre fiction than a strict M/M romance writer, although I do feel part of that community too. Mostly I just write about queer people some of which are gay, bi or pansexual men. I am fascinated by sex, sexuality and all kinds of intense, long lasting relationships that people can have so that plays a big part in my writing and what I choose to read. Mostly I just write what I want to read and what I want to read is good fantasy, horror and science fiction with LGBTQA characters, that takes sex and relationships seriously.
Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.
Peanut butter is one of my favorites actually, so I’ll take that.
How many hours a day do you spending writing?
That depends on the day, somedays I only spend a few hours writing, somedays I spend up to eight. I try to write or edit everyday, that’s really my goal. I don’t worry about daily word counts so much as that I’m doing something writing related seven days a week.
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
I think I do some of both, I do some small revisions as I go, but there are definitely large ones, that I leave for the end. Like for instance I almost always need to go back and add at least one extra scene during revisions and I usually realize I need to add that scene somewhere around the end of the story but wait until I’ve written all the way through before doing so.
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
Again a little of both, I usually have some notes and a rough outline before I start writing. There are definitely lots of things that happen or change while I’m writing though and I generally just go with the flow. I find it useful to have notes and a rough sketch of where I want to go already planned out before hand but too much planning and I get bogged down in the details before I even start writing.
Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?
I really love all my characters each in the their different ways.
Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
I don’t actually believe writers block exists or at least I’ve never experienced it. I’ve written myself into corners and tried to write stories that were really never meant to be stories, or gotten stuck on a plot point. I’ve never experienced just not being able to write before, never.
I think sometimes I can suffer from anxiety about writing. Sometimes I think “Oh God, what are people going to think of this?” or “What if I get this wrong, and people hate me forever?” I think that can be paralyzing in its own way but I’ve learned to just push through that fear and write anyway.
So yeah, generally I just write.
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
Nope. I write wherever I happen to be, whether that is at my desk, or on my bed, or the kitchen table, my parents’ porch, on a train, or at the library on my University campus. I like writing in coffee shops, I like writing at whatever I’m using as a desk at the moment, but mostly I just write wherever I happen to be.
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
I usually don’t have to. When I’m writing I can tune out just about anything. When people come to talk to me I’ve found after I ignore them for a while and keep on writing they usually go away. My family and friends pretty much know that just leaving me alone to get on with it is a lot less frustrating for them then holding a one sided conversation I’m not even going to remember not really having.
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
Intellectual? I guess. I like play on words, I like historical parody, political satire, or things that play into the my ridiculous amount of arcane knowledge. I like darker humor a lot, I’m often delighted by creepy weirdness. But I also enjoy the silly or whimsical from time to time as well.
What is the most frequently asked question?
Why do I write romance instead of more mainstream fantasy, horror or science fiction probably.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a kind of urban fantasy/science fiction story with a 1950s inspired world.
I am also in the process of writing the sequel to Like Fire Through Bone.
I have a science fiction long novella I wrote a while ago but is obviously part of a trilogy and I’m doing some research and plotting for the rest of that trilogy. I want to have at least a solid idea where the other two stories are going to go before offering the novella to a publisher.
I am also kicking around another idea for a story inspired by Russian folklore but no firm plans yet.
So yeah, keeping busy.
Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?
I read a lot. Other author’s fiction, of course but also history, mythology, archeology, palaeontology all sorts of science stuff, law, pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I try to be as well read as possible, but I also try to get out there, live life and have new experience, go new places, talk to people, I think that can help with the writing as well.
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?
I adore all sorts of fantasy but also science fiction especially space opera. I also read some horror, historical fiction, and mystery as well. Of course I read all sorts of non-fiction. Between research for books and my own academic research I probably read more non-fiction than fiction these days actually.
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-
I’d probably go for scientist since when I was in high school I really loved biological anthropology and primatology. I actually almost went to an university with a great primatology program, to study primatology, but history won out in the end.
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love to cook, I’m always looking for new and tasty recipes. I love to knit, I just finished a replica Doctor Who scarf. I love dapper menswear fashion and try to stay abreast of the latest trends, via the ridiculous number of menswear fashion blogs I follow, both queer and otherwise. I am more than a little bit of a dandy so I try to fill my closet with amazing and stylish thrift store finds.
Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?
Like Fire Through Bone is out September 13th from Dreamspinner. It is an awesome fantasy novel with a little bit of a horror twist and one of the sweetest couple’s I’ve ever written.
The Memory of Blood and Lotuses comes out on October 30th from Less Than Three Press. It is a vampire story set in a world based on Ancient Egypt and involved high priests, ancient Egyptian Gods and a plot against the Pharaoh. I was also very happy with how my characterization of my vampire character came out.
Finally Selume Proferre comes out on November 6th from Less Than Three Press. It is a kind of paranormal/urban fantasy story about demonic possession and is my first lesbain romance stand alone novella.
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
my blog is: thisjourneywithoutamap.blogspot.com
my twitter is: https://twitter.com/acosmistmachine
my tumbr: http://asofterapocalypse.tumblr.com/
and my facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/EeOttoman
It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!
No problem, would you like me to help with the washing up or cook something? ::undoes cufflinks, rolls up sleeves::