1 – What’s your latest book about?
My latest book is A Memory of Fire. It completes the Dragon War trilogy, the story of Requiem, a kingdom where humans can become dragons. You can learn more about the series on my website.
2 – Who’s your favorite author and/or what’s your favorite book?
I don't really have one favorite author and one favorite book. Some favorite authors are Weis & Hickman, George R. R. Martin, and Roger Zelazny, among many others. I have favorite books across multiple genres, from fantasy to the classics.
3 – What’s your favorite aspect of writing?
I enjoy imagining new worlds. I enjoy writing fantasy for the same reason I enjoy reading it -- the fun of exploring new locations, meeting new creatures, and using the ol' imagination.
4 – Any good anecdotes about being a writer?
Currently, as a "full time" writer, the process is remarkably uneventful -- I sit by the window every day, sip coffee, waste some time on Facebook, and write. But before I became a full time writer, the writing routine was crazier. I wrote my early books in various odd locations: on commuter trains, while standing in crowded subways, in shopping malls, and really anywhere where I'd have a few minutes to pull out a notebook and piece of paper.
5 – What was the most helpful writing advice you've ever received?
I read Writing to the Point by Algis Budrys when I was teenager. It's the first book on writing I've read, and it helped me understand the reason stories work. If you're an aspiring author and can find a copy, it's good reading.