What genres do you write in?
Fantasy and science fiction. When I was writing screenplays and television, I wrote thrillers, comedies, and just about anything that tickled my fancy. With books, however, you need to be continually focused on building your brand. My brand is high concept, commercial, genre stories that appeal to the broadest group of readers because that’s what I love to read.
How do you decide what to write next?
I enjoy writing series because it lets me develop the characters throughout many adventures. That said, if something isn’t resonating with readers—or not selling well—I’m apt to move on.
How do you come up with your ideas?
Osmosis! But, seriously, I’ve been writing long enough that I think, dream, and breathe in narratives. I currently have my next nineteen projects worked out with another fifty or so percolating at various stages of metamorphosis. I hope I live long enough to see them all take flight.
What do you like to read?
Everything? I vacillate (writerly word for ‘switch back and forth’) between fantasy/sci-fi and mystery/thrillers, but I’ll also read non-fiction for research or if a subject is socially impactful. Literary fiction and YA are also big faves.
Who are your favorite contemporary authors?
Among the super-giant stars—J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, George R.R. Martin, and Lee Child. Red giants—Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Robin Hobb. White Dwarfs—Leigh Bardugo, Victoria Schwab, Jay Kristoff, and Victor LaValle.
What were the last five books you’ve read?
Mid-2019. The Chain by Adrian McKinty. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd. Debris Line by Matthew Fitzsimmons. Autonomous by Annalee Newitz.
What book in 2019 are you most looking forward to?
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. (Excluding Winds of Winter and Doors of Stone, of course.)
How do you write?
63% plotting/36% pantsing. 1% blind luck.
Favorite TV show?
Currently, Stranger Things and Good Omens. All-time, the Wire, Game of Thrones, and Justified.
What are you listening to these days?
Dave Matthews Band radio on Sirius XM.
Any advice for writers?
“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” Goethe wrote that. It’s not always true. That’s why I’m more particular to Virgil’s “fortune favors the bold,” because it’s always in your hands. Or in your seat. So, sit in it, pound the keys until your fingers bleed, and don’t stop until you make a piercing, big noise. And when others around you echo that noise, you’re ready.
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