As part of the Worlds of Wonder author hop taking place for a whole week, my post today is an author interview with me.
1. Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
After dedicating more than twenty years of my life to studying music, I started writing fiction and haven’t looked back. I write YA and adult speculative fiction and am represented by the lovely Jordy Albert. I’m a peanut butter addict and have a collection of all the works by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
Sure! The idea for Obscura Burning came to me while listening to the Friday Night Light’s soundtrack by Explosions in the Sky. I started with a character and the story grew from there, becoming a YA science fiction thriller far darker and grittier than I expected.
3. Your book’s going to be made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?
4. Are you working on anything at the moment?
A YA science fiction novel about a girl and an android who share a passion for music.
5. Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?
I just finished Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, the zombie novel set for film adaptation in February 2013. Absolutely loved it. So funny and so philosophical.
6. Why this genre(s)?
I love the creative freedom SF/F gives writers. My imagination can run riot. I also enjoy the research that goes into my stories for the sake of verisimilitude.
7. What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?
Getting past that 20k word mark. If I can break the 20k barrier, I’m golden.
8. Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just cannot?
I love reading dense literary works by the likes of Carlos Ruis Zafon and David Mitchell – although he’s more speculative. While I love reading that style, when I try writing that sort of prose it just seems pretentious.
The world’s going to end in fire…and it’s all Kyle’s fault.
Kyle Wolfe’s world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks away from graduation, a fire kills Kyle’s two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira. That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle’s friends aren’t all that dead anymore.
Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it’s Shira who’s alive…and now they’re friends with benefits. Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he’s not the only one dying. The world is dying with him. He’s pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents’ marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being the one in charge of saving the world…