Might as well start with biography first, because I know you don’t know who I am. I am a copyeditor here at Castle Gate, but I cut my teeth on a college newspaper. I edited, and I also won national runner-up in a professionally judged competition of college newspapers for my review writing.
But while I accomplished awesome in more journalistic avenues, my first love was novels. Which I have not actually written to completion yet, because at this point I either fizzle out of ideas or I hate everything I wrote. For now most of what I do is blog-oriented.
When did you first start writing? What got you started?
I was in my teens before I started putting words down on paper word processor, but I think I started imagining stories when I was something like ten, except they were all glob-awful Mary Sue fanfics based on the stories I read. The first novel-thing I dinked with on the keyboard was much the same, something embarrassingly derivative of every single YA medieval fantasy EVAR, starring an idealized and perfect version of me.
When did you first start writing FICTION? What sparked your creativity?
It was fiction from the start, sparked, as I said, by all the fiction I read. Narnia, especially, because those books have caught my attention from the shelves since forever. Especially since my mother’s boxed set was a ’70s edition with garishly colored, somewhat Cubist cover art.
What continues to spark your creativity, as you are working on your current project?
I don’t know that I would use the phrase “working on,” since that implies progress and I have at least half a dozen abandoned novel-things sitting in my hard drive. What works for sparking me is what works for sparking pretty much everyone else: consuming other media and art.