How much time do you spend writing in an average week?
It waxes and wanes. Writing is the first thing on my mind when I wake up and the last thing drifting through my head when I go to sleep, but I don't get to write nearly as much as I'd like. It usually happens in bursts, on those beautiful occasions when the characters are vivid and I have a few hours to myself.
Do you work on more than one story at a time, and if so, how easy is it to switch back and forth from one to another?
I try to focus on one story at a time, but it rarely works out that way. I usually have several projects going at once. Switching back and forth is both tiring and tricky, but the benefit of having lots of stories in varying stages is that I can work on the one that fits my mood at any given moment.
Where do you get your ideas?
Anchovy pizza, ten minutes after midnight.
Other sources of inspiration include mythology, black & white movies, my favorite books, my favorite cartoons/anime, real life antics.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Oh yeah. I am on a quest to build the soundtrack to my life, and so I have playlists for just about every occasion. I have music that helps to get me started, and compilations for introspection, sex scenes, fight scenes. While writing Flow, jazz was almost always on my stereo. I also have what I consider to be a great 80's mix, but we shall not go there at this time.
Are you a guy or a girl?
Both. Neither. I identify as gender fluid, which for me means my gender flows back and forth from feminine to masculine. For the most part, I identify as a man (unless you ask my mother--she'll tell you I'm more like a 15 year old boy).
Gender can be complicated, though, and life is a process. I don't pretend to have it all figured out, and I'm sure I'll keep making some truly spectacular mistakes, but I'm hoping to live and learn.
If you'd like to read a little more on how I identify, check out the blog I wrote on the subject. You might also be interested in my post on gender-neutral pronouns.
What's a bishie?
Bishie (or bishi) is slang for bishounen, which literally translates to "beautiful youth." You'll see a lot of these figures in anime and manga--men so beautiful that they actually transcend gender and are often desired by both men and women. In Japan, "bishounen" applies to men under 18 years of age, but in America a bishie can be any hot guy. Plus, bishie is more fun to say than biseinen ("beautiful man").
So... what's this muscle growth thing about?
Muscle growth is one of my favorite genres. Most people will say that it's an obscure one, but if you've heard of Captain America or the Incredible Hulk, then you have an idea.
What do you like about muscle growth?
I like the shift in dynamic that usually comes with a muscle growth story. How the person growing views himself, and how the people around him see him differently afterward. It can be dark, it can be action packed, and it can even be romantic. I happen to find it sexy as hell.
If you'd like to read more about why I love this genre, you can check out the article I posted on my blog.
Is muscle growth the only thing you write about?
Nope. Muscle growth is what I'm most known for at the moment, but I like to write anything that touches on a fantasy/paranormal/science-fiction storyline. I've even written a short story titled A Picture's Worth that has none of those elements.
Do you answer your emails?
My apologies, but while I appreciate the notes sent, I don't reply to all my emails.
When will the next installment of ______ be posted/published?
Unless I've finished the rough draft of a story, I honestly have no idea when the next part will go up. Even if I've completed the rough draft of a book, I have no guarantee it will be accepted by a publisher, so I generally like to keep that information under my hat.
I know waiting can be frustrating, but I want to make sure I put out the best story I can. And I definitely plan to finish everything I've started.
How can I get updates on your site and your stories?
For detailed updates delivered right to your inbox, you can join my newsletter. If you want detailed updates combined with a bit of randomness, then my blog is the way to go.
I also have a tumblr, but it's pretty useless as far as finding information on my writing adventures. If you're looking for hawt bodies, comics, what makes me laugh, and the occasional political rant, though--slightly more useful.
Do you like to get comments on your stories?
I love it. You never know how a story will be received until it's read, and I'm always curious.
What if it's criticism?
I admit I don't love it quite as much as praise, but I definitely appreciate it if it's constructive.
Will you read my stuff if I send it to you?
No, sorry. My life can get pretty hectic, and things tend to pile up on me. Chances are, if you send it to me, it'll never get read.
Well, do you have any advice for writers then?
Write. A lot. Study the writers you like, but find your own voice.