These are questions I've gotten fairly often. I'd rather not have to answer them every time they come up.
Why do you write?
Because I can.
Because I choose to.
Because you can't stop me.
When's the next Starbreaker novel coming out?
I'm currently working on When You Don't See Me. It's a Starbreaker novel. If you're looking for something to read in the meantime, maybe I can help you with that.
Broad Universe: Book Catalog
Bookstore.org: Science Fiction
Project Gutenberg: public domain texts
Standard Ebooks: lovingly produced public domain works
Is Starbreaker fanfic?
Not by the commonly accepted accepted definition. I don't use existing characters or settings from anybody else's. For example, you won't find Morgan Cooper and Naomi Bradleigh investigating the dealings of Valint & Balk and exposing the crimes of Bayaz, First of the Magi. Nor will you find Claire Ashecroft helping the Phantom Thieves of Hearts with a bit of social engineering that Futaba can't handle on her own because she's underage.
Instead, I draw upon a great many influences to create something new. I think Starbreaker is more pastiche than fanfic. If you've seen any of Quentin Tarantino's movies, or Mario Van Peebles’ Posse, then you've seen pastiche in film. If you're not familiar with the term, the Literary Devices site has a good article.
Literary Devices: Pastiche Examples and Definitions
Is Starbreaker just Elric on a Harley?
No, but it makes a pithy elevator pitch. If anything, I'd say Starbreaker is Love, Death & Robots meets This Is Spinal Tap for a pub crawl with Final Fantasy and Shin Megami Tensei in a slightly less shitty version of a Gibsonian cyberpunk dystopia.
Does your wife approve of the way you write?
She reads everything before I submit it for publication. I generally implement her suggestions because they make sense. The only reason I don't list her as a co-author is that she had asked me not to.
You suck at writing romance. Can you please stop?
No. How am I supposed to get better at it if I don't practice? Also, my wife enjoys it. If you don't, then read something else.
Why not use Facebook or Medium?
I like having control over my own online presence, and Medium is just a half-assed attempt at creating a Spotify for bloggers. A few popular writers make bank, and the rest make bupkis. If I'm going to write for exposure, I might as well do it on my own platform instead of being a digital sharecropper.
Will you write a guest post for my blog?
My rate is ten cents a word with a five hundred word minimum. I expect you to pay half up front, and half on completion. In exchange you get an exclusive publication license for six months. Afterward, I reserve the right to publish it elsewhere, including on my own website or as part of my portfolio.
Can I give you exposure instead?
Fuck you. Pay me.
Can I hire you for my startup?
No. I've been there, done that, and didn't even get a lousy t-shirt.
I'm a tech recruiter. How can I contact you?
If you're a tech recruiter and you haven't helped me find work before, please don't contact me. I'm not looking for a new day job at the moment. If that changes, I already have contacts.
How do I follow you on social media?
I'd rather you didn't, but if you insist then I'm on Mastodon and Twitter.
Why do you seem autistic?
Because I am autistic. Of course, I didn't find out until I was in my forties.
Does your wife know what you're like online?
Yes, because I tell her everything. She finds it amusing.
Why do you have such a bad attitude?
Go stare at a mirror until you realize that by asking this question you've made yourself part of the problem.