Q: Welcome! To start with, if you could tell a little bit about yourself and what types of stories you enjoy writing as well as which genres you write in?
A: I’m 27 years old, I live in Garrett, Indiana with my wife and three children. I enjoy writing flash and micro fiction, most of which are science fiction. I write a little horror and fantasy too.
Q: I’d love to share a bit about your most recent work, if you could let our readers know about it?
A: I’ve recently had a short story called “Blood Drought” published in The Black Library’s Inferno! Volume 6: Tales from the Worlds of Warhammer. A few other recent publications include dark space opera flash “A Bag of Soldiers” over on Trembling with Fear, and the weird horror short story “The Bodybuilder’s Club” over at the Tales to Terrify podcast.
A: I’m most proud of my flash fiction story “Prepare for Respawn” which is forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction. It’s a dark future story with a robot POV and I’m very proud of the way it came together. For something published, I also am quite proud of “CARE,” which appeared in Daily Science Fiction in 2019. It’s another flash with a robot POV, but it was one of those stories that appeared fully formed in my mind and the first draft needed little revision before it was ready to send in.
A: I’ve been tinkering with writing since 2015. I started writing “seriously” with the intent to get published since 2018.
A: My parents moved around a lot. I was born in Maryland, lived in Michigan, South Florida, and now reside in Indiana. I feel I’m able to draw on both a southern background for my writing as well as a Midwest style. It’s two very different groups of people, but I feel like it helps me diversify my voice and tone.
A: My day job continued on and so did my wife’s. Aside from staying in when not at work, it wasn’t much of a lifestyle change. My writing didn’t pick up or shorten. It was a very scary year, but I was still able to write. I understand where others come from when they say they had struggles. It’s not easy to focus on the things you love to do when the world is in turmoil.
A: There’s one particular flash story I keep coming back to. I don’t have any trouble writing it, but I’ve written it like five times and each time it doesn’t seem to wind up quite the way I want it to. I try to leave it alone, but keep picking at it like an itchy scab. I’m sure one day I’ll get it down, but I also don’t want it to hang me up from getting other stories done.
A: I have an office in my house with my iPad Pro I use for writing. I also use my iPhone and the Otter app to dictate first drafts in the car and clean them up on my lunch breaks at work. I’m a pretty busy person between work, school, and family so I try not to get too tied down to one kind of setup.
A: I’d probably try to find out how Rich Larson’s writing process works, how Bruce Holland Rogers can be so economical, and where Mary Robinette Kowal learned flash and short fiction structure from.
A: I have a collection of drabbles in the works so I’m writing a ton of microfiction!