Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I’ve always felt that science fiction has the potential to say a lot without sounding preachy. You’re reading a story about a bunch of weird creatures or robots or whatever, but there is a message there too. And if people are offended by the message, as a writer, you can fall back on “what? How can you take this seriously? It’s about aliens!”
What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre that isn’t so?
This is more for science fiction movies more than books (actually both). But I think some people who can’t look past the fantasy elements and see what the stories are actually about think sci-fi is childish or stupid. Comic books and certain animated films have the same uphill battle, but you can say just as much with sci-fi/fantasy character as you can with a historical drama.
What have you written so far?
I have written five science fiction novels that I distribute using the Amazon Kindle. Veganarchy. The Tattler. The Exoskeleton Chronicles. The Inter-Terrestrial. Working-Class Superheroes.
Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?
Working-Class Superheroes is a semi-parody of the superhero stories that we all grew up with. The story is original and taken seriously, but the humor comes from the characters being parodies of Superman, Batman and others.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing this book?
A love of the superhero genre in comics, books, and movies. I have Aspergers and this was something that I was obsessed with between the ages of 5-37. Definitely something that I had a lot to say about.
Tell us more about your main character. What makes him or her unique?
Zeke Sullivan was a victim of a crime and wants to right the wrongs of his city. Just as driven as Batman, but dirt poor, so he has to use a tool belt and crowbars instead of fancy gadgets. He doesn’t even have a car. He is unique because of his stubborn (and comedic) refusal to give up.
What is your next project?
A sequel to my 4th book, The Inter-Terrestrial, a multi-generational space opera that I would like to turn into a series. I have a title, but I might change it if I come up with a better name for the space station that the story centers on.
Who or what inspires your writing?
I get inspired when I see something that I have something to say about. And it’s usually something annoys me or that I dislike, from celebrity gossip to racism. Then I come up with a story that goofs or rips apart that particular thing.
Tell us something unique about you.
I mentioned that I have Aspergers. I did terribly in school because I couldn’t focus, and nobody knew much about Aspergers in the mid-90’s.
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