As a kid did you write or make up stories?
I never created stories as a kid. I spent the majority of time struggling to understand other people. Years later, I remain confused, but I have many more explanations for other people’s behaviour. As an example, my first short story, The Secret Invasion of George Kranskii, explains how road-rage is actually caused by an alien invasion. I made this startling conclusion after musing why a person would attempt to demolish the self-serve check-out at the local supermarket while I stifled snorts packing my shopping. He, who shall not be named, suffered from a distinct lack of patience.
Where does most of your Character inspiration come from? Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?
Oops. I’ve just let that slip. I draw inspiration from the wackier side of life.
Jeremy’s story began life from momentary lapses in memory—as in ‘did I really do that?’ In Jeremy’s specific case, his confusion when futuristic assassins blow up his apartment—and the evidence disappears the next day. The result … well, the excerpts will give you an idea.
Montague the sarcastic magician-trickster searching for the truth that is In Harm’s Way, emerged from a momentary thought-bubble about a huge legend who suffered from memory-loss.
Poor Jeremy Harm can’t quite believe the stories of his exploits due to an extreme lack of coordination.
Ultimately, all characters are based on something. But not necessarily someone. I see in Jeremy a mixture of my partner and myself. And, though they are chalk and cheese, the same in Montague and Harm.
What is your favorite spot to write?
I would love to write in the shade of an enormous tree, the vista of a snow-capped mountain behind my notebook. And one day I will. But for now the reality is that I only have time to write while I commute to my secret-identity, or in front of my computer on weekends.
What advice would you give budding writers?
However I can relate my strategy: Read. Seek advice. Write. Polish. Try many strategies. Return to start.
In addition, I’m focusing on shorter stories that I can release every few months. The sequel to Jeremy’s struggles is on its way. As are more adventures of the investigator in We Three Laws of Robotics Are, and the continuing story of In Harm’s Way.
What was the inspiration for your book?
The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson is about unlikely heroes. Every day heroes. And how those muscle-bound buffoons we are shown are … not. Jeremy is an accountant on stress-leave thrust into a nightmare of Armageddon and assassination. But he takes a stand, even though he has no idea who he is, no fighting skills, nor any clue as to what he should do.
We all deal with challenges. For me, Jeremy’s story shows that if he can be a hero, we all can.