What do you write?
The Tex, The Witch Boy series are YA paranormal, mystery, thrillers, comedy, romance what’s-its and they all deal with current teen issues. Tex, The Witch Boy is about bullying. Tex And The Gangs Of Suburbia is about high school violence and identity. The third book (out in December), Tex And The God Squad, tackles gay issues, religion and teen suicide.
Do you use 1st person, 3rd person, multiple POVs?
The books are all told first person via Tex.
How do you get started with a book- is it an idea, a character, vary from story to story?
Mary, I never set out to write a YA trilogy. But it’s been therapeutic. I’m STILL traumatized from my high school days. Combine that with my daughter’s recent tenure in high school Hades and there was tons of story material.
Do you draft quickly?
I usually rip through a first draft, getting the story down. That’s the fast and fun part. The longer part is revisions. Sometimes I’ll look back and go, “Man, what was I thinking?”
Do you do research before your first draft, during?
If I research at all, it’s on a “do it right then” basis. Mostly I’m just flying by the seat of my pants.
Do you outline? How?
No outlines. But I do like the comfort of having stick-on notes listing the main points to hit in the upcoming chapter or two.
Do you name everything up front when you are drafting or do you leave comments for yourself to go back and fill in later so you don't lose the flow of what you are working on?
I can’t write a character or place without a name! So, yeah, names come first.
Do you work with CP's or Beta's? How soon into your draft do you let them see your work?
I know it’s bad, but the first three books were written without any other eyes. Well, except for my wife and daughter. If it passes muster with them, that’s cool. My wife can be harsh. Now, I’ve learned my lesson, though, and going forward I’ve acquired a few awesome writer pals to look it over.
What books/websites have you found most helpful to helping you write your best?
Playboy? I kid! Google’s my best friend.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started writing?
Tons! If I hadn’t met an awesome Muse author who slapped me silly, I’d still be making amateur mistakes. Having said that, I’m now about 35% of the writer I want to be. I’m shooting for the stars, Mary! This time next year? I hope to be at 45%!
What do you have out now, or coming out? Any upcoming events? A website we can find you and your books at? An author photo? A booktrailer? Anything else you want to share?
Tex, The Witch Boy and the sequel, Tex And The Gangs Of Suburbia are out now. Tex And The God Squad (the last of the series) is due in December from Muse. And Muse just picked up my first adult horror novel, Neighborhood Watch, out early next year.
Super special AmazeBalls Deal! Act fast, hit up the MuseItUp website, and you can buy both the Tex books for the price of one! My publisher's going cray-cray! But don't tell her and buy! Our lil' secret!
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Thanks for having me blather on, Mary!
You're welcome, Stuart. I look forward to having you back soon!