I avoid messages at all costs when I write, but sometimes a moral or two sneaks its way in. They disguise themselves as themes, usually related to what I'm passionate about. With EPOCH, it's that one person can make a difference, and never be afraid to make up your own mind. Poor Vincent got knocked unconscious quite a lot in that novel, so I suppose another lesson learned is, duck. With EVIL?, I suggest that just because a bunch of religious people tell you you're bad doesn't mean they are right. And, masturbating is fun and okay, just make sure you keep the door shut.
2. I'm a huge fan of the books Flux releases, as they often have some really interesting ones. What do you like about them? Any other books they have put out that you love?
Flux have been very good to me. Their editors are excellent, and the cover artists and designers do great work. I haven't delved into the other FLUX titles yet, but I'd like to. The Dead Girl series by Linda Joy Singleton seem like my kind of stories, and The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King also looks cool.
3. So I was on your blog and you were talking about three different projects: A Walk-In to Remember, The 5 Demons you Meet in Hell, and Apoca-Lynn. Are all of these books that will see the light of day and anything you can tell us about them? I love all the titles and I'm very curious now!
I like to blog about projects I have in development as a way of telling readers what I'm working on now and how the writing process is going. The 5 Demons You Meet In Hell and Apoca-Lynn are two projects I'm in the process of editing, whereas A Walk-In To Remember is my current project. I'd rather not reveal too much about these books as yet; I'm hoping they will be bought and published, but nothing is set in stone. If (gasp!) no publisher goes for them, I'd rather not get readers' hopes up.I will, however, give you a couple of blurbs. Apoca-Lynn is about a teen boy who dumps his girlfriend, only to discover she has the power to move objects with her mind. If Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, the wrath of a telekinetic girl will be... apocalyptic.The 5 Demons You Meet In Hell is about high school bully Boston Lefebvre, who dies and goes to Hell. If that weren't bad enough, he discovers a plot to destroy the afterlife, with him set up as the patsy. A Walk-In To Remember continues the adventures of dead high school bully Boston Lefebvre, in what I hope will be a long and fun-filled series.
4. You turned 13 on Friday the 13th. That is beyond cool! Any other fun facts you care to share about yourself?
Well, I was born during the week of the final lunar mission. That's pretty cool, right? Oh, and I'm British, which automatically makes me more sophisticated, intellectual, and, well... superior to the average Joe. And the average Charlie. And quite a few Georges. Not James, though. Jamses are awesome.My family moved to Canada when I was two, and I've lived here ever since. In that time I've developed an obsession with TransFormers, a love for tea and soft drinks, and a taste for movies with big loud bangs in them. I have a passion for metaphysics and spirituality, a healthy distrust for organized religion, and a deep sympathy for anyone currently attending high school. I am happily married, and the property of a cat.
5. Who would be at your ideal party (dead or alive)?
With this sort of question, a lot of famous people names spring immediately to mind. I'll save them for later, and start with the heroes of my life. I'd want my wife Violet there, my brother and sister, and quite a few of my cousins. My friends, definitely. And my high school English teachers. I'd also want my college drama teacher Cathy to come, because she was a big inspiration for me.Now on to famous (or more well known) people. Robert Rankin, author of The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse; Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, authors of Good Omens; Simon Furman, writer of many awesome TransFormers comics; Douglas Adams, whose Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy novels had a profound effect on me; James Cameron, director of Titanic, The Abyss and The Terminator; Rick Green, from The Frantics and Prisoners of Gravity; and Bill Maher, who did Religulous. I could go on, but we all have lives to get back to. And it seems I have a party to plan! So long, take care, and thanks for reading.
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