I’ve always been an optimistic person, and Sci-Fi is nothing if not optimistic. I mean even with dystopias, we’re still here, still fighting. Sci-Fi is a great escape that reminds us that someday we may have jetpacks and space ships.
Tell us a little about the Space Rogues series.
Space Rogues was born during NaNoWriMo ’16. I’ve competed every year for like 10 years, LOL. 2016 was my first (and so far only) win. Once I was done, I let it sit, and on re-read, I thought it was worth sharing the story. Almost immediately I wanted to tell more stories about the crew of the Ghost.
If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you?
Yes, 100% Wil, for sure. Intrepid astronaut, way out of his depth, but doing the best he can. He owns a ship, finally has a family to care about.
What's your favorite character that you have created and why?
I like Wil, but am eager to dig deeper into Bennie. In Book 3 we get a bit more of a look into his family and homeward.
Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?
Not really. I do incorporate my own personal tastes though. Wil likes the stuff I like; Xena Warrior Princess, both Ghostbusters movies, beer :D
If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be?
Probably my day job. I organize events and conferences. I love bringing people together and seeing what kind of cool stuff happens.
What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why?
Not a super deep pool, yet. Space Rogues 1 is my favorite. 2 is good of course (at least I think so!) but I love seeing the team come together.
What do you like to do with your time when you’re not writing?
Other than the aforementioned day job, in the summer we camp and hike when possible, enjoy Denvers bountiful breweries. In the summer I stay in and count the days until spring returns. Mixed in with that, wrangling our two French Bulldog/Chihuahua mix dogs.
What’s a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?
I like my popcorn stale. I know, I know. I’ll get a mega jumbo popcorn at the movies, refill it (Yay free refills) when I leave and let it sit out overnight. I blame my mom, she likes stale popcorn too.
What do you have in store for your readers next?
My hope is to take the Space Rogues universe in some neat directions. I want the crew to experience some things that aren’t as common in sci-fi. Hoping that all works out. I’d love to not be just another space opera, not that that’s at all bad, it’s my favorite genre.
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