Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My fellow author Molly Daniels has invited me to be interviewed on her website for the month of April. I had a lot of fun doing this interview and I wanted to share a sample of it, before the it's published in its entirety, on April 20th.


Is there any message you want readers to take from reading your work?

I want to give the reader the same experience I look for when I read a book. I want to change the way they look at something.

Even for people who've never read Psycho (or seen the movie), Robert Bloch changed the way we think about taking a shower, just like Stephen King made us change the ways we look at the death of a pet. Then Thomas Harris changed the way we think about fava beans and a nice Chianti. The author of Choke and Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk, even changed the way many of us looked at things like soap, a foot massage, and people we've know our whole life.

In my opinion a great story teller can change the way we think about everything. I want to be one of those authors.

I try to work in subliminal messages, about my work being as great as Chuck Palahniuk. It would be nice if readers caught that. Please, note: I probably only joking.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? And have you ever had a story take on a life of its own?

Every story I write takes on a life of it's own. 99.9% of the time I don't control what I write. If I need to finish one story, or start something with set guidelines, my mind will produce something on the other side of the fence. This is why I have so many “Work In Progress” files on my computer.

I also talk about my characters like they are real people. I'll hear their voices feeding me dialog, at the strangest moments. I'm sure a lot of people think I'm crazy, but I think you have to be a little crazy to write fiction. An author really needs a certain level of schizophrenia to write convincing dialog.

Check out Molly's page and bookmark it, for the April 20th, 2010.


- Travis