1. So, what’s your book all about?
Cathedral of Dreams is about a utopian city (Newcity) and a dystopian outside world (one that stopped progressing technologically once the Newcity structures were put up). Keith is a resident of Newcity, but isn’t happy there. His emotion-control chip has failed before, and now that he’s having dreams, he knows it’s about to happen again. Then, there are the hallucinations, which he eventually follows in order to escape Newcity. What he finds outside isn’t any better than his life inside, though. When he realizes that he could be part of an attack on Newcity, he has to decide where his alliances lie.
2. What inspired you to write this tale?
Like most of my novels, this came to me over a period of time, little by little, and didn’t have any specific beginning. Inspiration may come suddenly, but a novel has to percolate in my brain over time.
3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?
I have a quote about writing that I like: “Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.” – Virginia Woolf
4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?
My writing space is also my work office (I work from home) and I have everything from copies of my own published books to feathers I’ve found, things I’ve collected or been given, and paper, lots of paper.
5. What is your perfect “writing space”?
My office is my perfect writing space. That’s where my computer is. It’s quiet. It’s separate from my house. I can be alone and quiet or noisy or whatever I like in there, and I am left alone.
6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.
“Yonder Stands the Sinner” by Neil Young
7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?
Disney. I think that would be really funny. Or maybe Bradbury, which would be apropos.
8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.
The perfect sidekick is at least six inches shorter than the hero, or six inches taller, depending upon the intention of the story being told. Six inches is noticeable. If it were less than that, their heights would be too close and not noticeably different. We want the sidekick to have to look up or down with some motion of the head to create the image of the imbalance between the two.
9. If you were to mess with the time stream, what would you change? Let’s assume a hundred other people already took care of Hitler so you don’t have to say, “Kill Hitler.”
Oh, if I were writing this into a science fiction novel, I’d want to get rid of Einstein. We don’t have to kill him, but squelch his influence. This would open the gates to other theories that could change a lot about how we see the universe.
10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?
Fuzzy if it’s a comic character slot, and Killer if it’s for a more dramatic book.
11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?
Picking their nose in public. Not the deep picking, but the quick finger in the nose and then out of the nose again. Just enough to make people think twice before shaking hands, or to reflect on their hand shake if they see the annoying trait after they’ve met.
12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?
I love the rough and tumble characters sometimes and might put him in an old Pinto. One of the ones that blew up if rear-ended.
13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?
Europe, for now. When they have the Moon Elevator up and running, I’m going to the moon.
14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?
Doublesight (after an upcoming novel).
15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?
I can’t typically listen to music while I’m writing. But, when I do let that happen it has to be classical music, anything with a lot of violins in it.
16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?
You asked for it: “I got a fuck for a duck, a duck for a fuck, and ten fucking bucks for a fucked up duck.” Gets me every time.
17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?
“Old Man” by Neil Young. Can you tell I’m a Neil Young fan?
18. You find a portal to another world in your sink’s drain. What is this other world called? And what is the best way to clean the portal so it doesn’t smell like old food?
Slemp Poppolary. You have to clean it with cotton candy and garlic. It stops smelling like old food, but sometimes takes on the odor of a bad Italian restaurant.
19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?
20. What’s next?
I have a novel about robots using time machines that was a lot of fun to write. It should be out in late September or early October. It’s called Revision 7: DNA. Tell all your friends.