1. How did you get started writing?
My writing began in elementary school with outlandish but fun writing prompts. My favorite? “If the moon was made of cheese.” In high school I started collaborating with friends. We’d come up with an idea and then take turns adding to scenes. Our efforts would last anywhere from an afternoon to months upon months of character and plot development.
2. Out of all your books, which one is your favourite and why?
A children’s book, “Missing in the Mountains” under my pen name, Grant Allison
3. If your friends were asked to describe you in one word, what would it be?
4. What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Outside of writing, I spend a lot of time participating in the mobile esports community. I edit videos and play alongside some of these like-minded folks, and have a lot of fun doing it.
5. What do you love most about the genre you write?
In sci-fi, next to nothing is out-of-bounds. If you have a concept you’d like to include but it seems like a stretch, with enough time and creative problem solving, you can make it work and convince your readers. I absolutely love that.
6. Describe yourself in 3 words.
creative rule bender
7. What does your writing space look like?
My primary writing space is a desk with too much on it to get anything done. My secondary writing space is my bed where most everything I have to complete finally gets accomplished.
8. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?
My iPad, definitely. Perhaps it’s not as functional as a computer or as convenient as a phone, but it’s flexible enough to be a passable substitute for either or both when it counts.
9. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?
Sometimes yes, absolutely. If it’s a character that I’ve either consciously or subconsciously modeled with similar motives, mannerisms, or thought processes to my own, I run the risk of becoming rather attached to them.
Or, heaven forbid I write a character that matches well with that sneaky self-insert as a friend or partner. If I do, you can guarantee that person is going to live a long, comfortable life after the end of the story.
10. What do you do when a flash of inspiration hits you at an inopportune moment?
One of two things happens in that situation.
- I try to keep the idea for later and then forget it.
- I make just enough time to write the idea down and then forget it.
So hopefully the ideas come at good times! I have probably forgotten a best seller or two over the years 😀
11. What’s next for you?
I’m exploring shorter stories in multimedia format. I have a love for storytelling and a skillset that offers several mediums to tell them through. I want to use writing, videos, photography, building toy-scale
models, or a combination there of, to experiment with expressing myself through different mediums.
If I can write a story and present it in a number of different ways for audiences with different interests, then that’s my goal.
12. Where can we find you on the internet?