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 think I’ll stick with tea, chai if you have it.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
By day, I am a mild-mannered computer programmer, but at night, I’m a masked vigilante, fighting crime with my unique superpower of being able to control another person’s actions from the comfort of my couch with nothing more than a piece of molded plastic with strategically-placed buttons.
When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted by Storm Moon Press, what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
“Seriously? They want to print that piece of crap?” (I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my writing at the time.)
What forces brought you over to the GLBT Genre? Do you focus on one part of the QUILTBAG or do you write various identities, expressions, or orientations? What made you want to write what you do?
I think it was a combination of the force of electromagnetism and the forces of COBRA that really tipped the scales. And by ‘electromagnetism’, I mean the questioning and discovery of my bisexuality, and by ‘COBRA’, I mean the frustrating lack of representation of bisexual characters – particularly male bisexuals – in fiction. I try not to force my stories or my characters to represent a particular flavor of the QUILTBAG; I just tell the story and let the characters be who they end up being. Usually, I find that the story will only work with a particular set of characters.
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.
I’ll go with the mystery ones. We all need a little mystery in our lives.
How many hours a day do you spending writing?
Not as many as I’d like. There always seems to be something else that distracts me from writing. Damn you, YouTube!
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
I revise repeatedly as I write. It’s a bad habit that I’m trying to break myself of, because it means I end up working on a single scene for days at a time, and the rest of the manuscript never gets written.
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
I have to have everything plotted out at least on a scene-by-scene level, just to keep the pacing tight. I have a tendency to ramble, otherwise.
Of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?
Current favorite right now is Susan Runningwind from To Pierce the Sky. She’s just not a character type that is often seen. At 45, she’s older than most female romantic leads, but because of her circumstances, even at that age, she’s a virgin, so there’s a really compelling mix of wisdom and naivete about her that I just really fell in love with while creating her.
Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
For me, the block happens when I over think things, or when I get too focused on the forest and not the particular tree in front of me. It can be paralyzing to try and hold the entire scope of a story in your head at once; the trick for me is to break it down into as small a part as possible and block out everything else except what I need to accomplish in that small fragment.
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
My home office is usually where most of the work gets done. I wouldn’t exactly call it comfy, because if I get too comfortable, I can’t write at all.
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
Oh, yes. I get distracted far too easily, so I know that any little thing that comes along is very likely to derail me completely.
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
I like very geeky humor, puns and wordplay, well-executed satire, or sarcastic observational humor. The Callahan series by Spider Robinson excels at all of these and are among my most frequently re-read books. I also love the stand-up of Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, and the late, great George Carlin.
What question is your most frequently asked as an author?
What are you working on now?
Right now? This interview. In general? An episodic serial dealing with nanotechnology and the black market that will inevitably rise when such improvements are available only to the rich.
Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your lifestyle as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive, both in your work and out of it?
Ha. I wish writing was how I made my living. No, I still have to slog through a day job for that. Writing is an escape for me. I’m actually not sure how well I could even manage it if it were my primary method of income. How would I escape from the stresses of work then?
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the GLBT Genre?
Science fiction and urban fantasy are my two favorite genres. Spider Robinson, William Gibson, Jim Butcher, and Simon R. Green are mainstays in my library. I’m also a fan of the more recent Star Trek novels.
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.
Astronaut scientist who trains and sells horses. In SPACE!
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Annoying interviewers by providing smartass answers to their questions.
Any special projects from you at Storm Moon Press that came out recently or will be coming out soon we should watch for?
My most recent release was a flash fiction piece in Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies, but I’m also very proud of the story I co-wrote with S.L. Armstrong in the Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs anthology that centers around a bisexual, polyamorous BDSM triad adding a fourth person to their family.
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
I think sharing my browser history is a little personal for a first date. I swear it’s all for research!
I mean, um… @ErikRMoore on Twitter, and blogging at http://erikrmoore.wordpress.com/
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!!
Thank you for the invite. It’s always nice to find people who will let me prattle on without calling security. I’d be happy to help out. I’ll wash, you dry?