I live in Canada. I write books. When I’m not writing, I read. I’m also a historian, a coffee drinker and a cinephile. My first novel, A Paunch Full of Pesos, is a spaghetti western but most of my other works live in an uninhabited river valley on the border of fantasy, science fiction and horror. Graham Greene, Philip K. Dick, George Orwell and Haruki Murakami are some of my favourite authors. I’ve been known to steal words and stash them in my pockets. I believe disinterest is a valid political opinion.
What inspires you to write?
Great art. I’m most inspired to write after watching a great film, reading a great book or listening to a great album. Brilliance fuels my imagination, which then churns through history, dreams and the daily wanderings of my mind to roll a ball of fiction big enough to be sent downhill, picking up more and more creativity and structure as it goes…
The bigger the hill, the better the book.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline. I use a text editor and plain text files.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t listen to my characters. If they yell, I put on my headphones and use doom metal to drown them out. I also don’t talk to them because I prefer them to remain confused about my existence. Once I finish forcing them to do what I want, I save the file and send my characters into the unsuspecting heads of my readers.
What advice would you give other writers?
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I looked for what was fastest and cheapest and decided to do that. I would advise authors not do to what I do, because I’m not successful.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Paper is to books what celluloid is to films: a fetish. It’ll always exist, but the future is digital.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror
What formats are your books in?