Are you a singer or otherwise into music?
Yes; I was in choir from elementary school up into my first year of college. I was a first soprano through and through. Music is one of my passions; I enjoy listening to orchestra, Broadway, video game and animation music. If you want to win me over, tell me what you think of Hamilton or Undertale. In addition, I trained in the basics of violin playing.
Can you tell us a little bit about the mythology that inspired “The Opera Singer”?
Part of it was the Greek mythos of Circe, a sorceress who would turn any person that came to her into a pig. She was a seductress, and one who holds all the cards. On a standardized test there were tales of asteroids that hit people, tiny rocks that at best were the size of bowling balls. It was interesting to ponder that, instead of giant hellbringers that destroyed the dinosaurs, these could simply cause a random head injury.
Are there any themes you like to revisit in your work? Do you tend to write mostly in one genre?
I tend to write about family, about betrayal and about the mundane things in life that fascinate me. I also enjoy writing about fandom culture. My go-to genres tend to be fantasy and horror, but I also have science fiction and an unpublished mystery tale.
Congratulations on obtaining your MBA! Are you still able to find time to write? Are you finding that easier or harder now that you’ve graduated?
Thank you! I still make the time to write, though my guilty pleasure now is creating entries on TVTropes. Writing has been harder since I started my degree and completed it, but I am determined to get back to my undergraduate energy and optimism.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m finishing some short stories on commission for Philip Lee McCall, a Florida fantasy author and publisher, and preparing for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). I also hope to revise several short stories, one about voice acting, and another about a toy pig that serves as a guardian. I hope that Nightmare will enjoy either of them when they’re ready.
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