My first novel, "DRO2WN" (pronounced drown), is a dreamy work of metaphysical fiction--a Twilight Zone tale. It sold like crap. Next I wrote a zombie-horror novel called "The Unlikely Event" which sold a little better. Sell-out? Debatable. Sucker for zombies? Definitely. I've been working on my new book for several years now, and through several re-writes. It's written in my favorite genre, SF, so I want to get it right. Hopefully I have.
Q. What books have influenced your life the most?
A. Fitzgerald's poetry is amazing. Philip Dick has blown my mind many times (Ubiq!). Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. The Stand by Mr. King. I felt betrayed by the ending of Of Mice and Men as a young boy. Anything by Clive Barker, Dan Simmons, or Poe. Norwegian Wood by Murakami. Oh, and Seuss!
Q. When did you decide to become a writer?
A. I wrote my first book in 1st grade, it was a horror novel involving ghosts. It was only mildly gory. In college I was constantly jotting down anecdotes for a future book. When my friends (the same ones from 1st grade) did something funny, they would ask me, "Will that make it into The Book?"
Q. What is the inspiration for the story?
A. Working as a Software Manager (disclosure: I work at Amazon on helping indie authors publish their books!) I am blown away by the possibilities technology offers for the future of humanity. Kurzweil's books are my inspiration. At some point (sooner? later?) humans will live a long time. This will change everything.