- I see you must be a cat lover like me did you enjoy writing My cat is not like other cats the poem?
I did. But I was surprised to find that most people interpreted it as me saying that my cat is actually different to other cats. What I meant was that I, like other cat lovers, know that cats are really horrible selfish creatures, but manage to pretend otherwise.
- I see a lot of mythical creatures in your work which is your favorite? and why?
Death appears a lot, although not always consistently (in some stories I have Death as male and in others as female for example). I don't know if I'd say Death is so much a favourite as the one I think about the most. I've actually come up with a lot of detail on my version of vampires, although I haven't written anything about them, perhaps because of the stigma created by the Twilight series.
- What do you use as your inspiration/muse when writing your work?
I've written a lot about cats, based on having been a cat owner. Of course other fiction is a big influence.
- Whats your favorite fruit?
I like tomatoes: the attention-seeker of fruit.
- What is your favorite genre of books to read/write?
I mostly read fantasy. It tends to be old stories, and more short stories than novels. I've never read any of the Harry Potter or Game of Thrones series for example. I used to read science fiction, and found fantasy a bit pointless. I think my idea was that science fiction was stuff that could happen, whereas fantasy was stuff that couldn't. Then I realised that having ESP or super-advanced alien technology isn't actually that different to having magic.
- I really liked your take on Rumpelstiltskin, where did the idea for a new take on a classic fairy-tale come from?
There was an online magazine called The Enchanted Conversation (it's still online, but sadly it's closing down now). For each issue they picked a fairy tale, and all the stories in that issue were variations on it. I actually wrote two for their 'Rumpelstiltskin' issue: 'Rumpelstiltskin', and 'The Name of the Helper', which is the one I submitted and they ran.
- If you could be anything for the day what would you be?
I'd be me, but years later when I'd written a lot more. Hopefully I'd remember what I'd written.
-What are you working on at the minute? Any sneak peeks ?
I'm working on a verse version of 'A Princess of Mars'. This is a science fiction adventure story, now in the public domain, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who's more famous for Tarzan. Disney is also doing a movie of it, called 'John Carter', but that's not why I chose it. I generally work on several things at the same time, so I'm also in the middle of a few short stories and poems. I've also been encouraged to write a novel set in the fantasy city of Telelee, which is the setting of a few of the stories in 'The New Death and others'. I have a lot of background for this world, because I blog every day (http://www.apolitical.info/teleleli) and most of it is setting detail.
- And lastly, Are you a Bookaholic?
I'm not a bookaholic, I'm a binge reader.
Check out Jennys review of The New Death and others.