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Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing?

I’ve done both, and while my own books are self-published, the anthologies I’ve been in were coordinated by one publisher or another. There’s a difference in editing styles and the kind of voice a publisher is looking for that you don’t get with self-pub. It’s an interesting thing to have that kind of outside influence.

Where do your ideas come from?

I’d like to think I have attracted the attention of a Muse, who is quite probably bored to tears with my lack of performance, but keeps trying because she has a quota. Every now and then she lets me have just a hint of something tasty, and I run with it, Yes, yes, I know, you’re looking over my shoulder as I type. Thank you! Maybe give me your name some time so I know what to call you?

How many books do you currently have published?

The ones that are just mine? Ummm…. Looks like ten. The anthologies I’m in add another half-dozen or so. Then you have all the free stuff out on my site. I post very short fiction there just for fun.

Are you working on anything right now?

A sequel to Thorn in Her Side, two more Jericho Sims releases, a novella featuring Grim, the badger shifter who appears in both Thorn and in Audra Hart’s upcoming Twist of Time, finalizing a science fiction revenge tale, and numerous short stories for outside publication. If any of my readers have requests about someone they would like to see more of, I’m always willing to take a hint!

Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why?

I still fall back on Firedrake for this one (more formally Agent Francis Drake, of the Metahuman Affairs Division, US Department of Justice). Drake is the Everyman given power and a voice: Never afraid to say what he feels, even though he knows it’s going to piss off somebody somewhere, and always willing to lend a hand to those in need. He gets to say and do all those things that we’ve thought to ourselves, “If that was me, I’d…”

Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven't ad your work(s)?

My stuff is eclectic as all hell. The one thing I usually have in my stories is action of some kind, but even that isn’t omnipresent. Look around. See if there’s something you like.

What is your latest release about?

Zak Thorne is a sorcerer having a very bad day. Running from his personal demons has led him into a fresh nest of problems. With the help of his lifelong friend, he has to confront not only his enemies but his own issues if he wants any kind of resolution.

What is the best thing a reader has said or done for your books?

Usually I’d say something like, “Given me a solid review,” but I actually got a notice online from a reader of a short I did with military overtones, and he told me that he had been waffling back and forth, but that my story was the push he needed to enlist. That was really kind of cool to me.

What is the funniest thing a reader has done?

Suggested the creation of a set of Firedrake pajamas. Giant fuzzy slippers with claws, a dragon-patterned bodysuit, and big clawed mitts. The joke became so prevalent in our emails that I had the product show up in a Firedrake book. The reader showed up in one as well.

What is something you want your readers to know?

I’m not done yet. I’m slow, yes, but I’m still working on things!