How old are you, anyway?
What are your pronouns?
Are you part of the LGBT community?
Yep! I’m openly bisexual.
How did you get your agent?
The traditional way–querying. I’d sent about 50 queries and received about 15 requests for the manuscript when I got the offer of rep from my agent. I immediately sent notice to the other agents on submission, which prompted several counteroffers. I ultimately signed with the first offering agent, though, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
What’s your favorite book?
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I’ve read it dozens of times and I still can’t get through the ending without crying. Silvera’s More Happy Than Not is a close second (I tend to like more cerebral novels).
If you weren’t a writer, what would your dream job be?
What I’m doing alongside writing now: Chemical Engineering. My ultimate dream is to be a screenwriter, though.
Can you recommend some movies or TV shows with outstanding writing?
Oh my gosh, can I ever. I religiously refer back to these for writing inspiration:
- Ex Machina
- The Normal Heart
- The Gift
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Anything written by Aaron Sorkin
- Breaking Bad
- The West Wing (Seasons 1-4)
- The Newsroom (really anything by Aaron Sorkin, but this one especially)
What are you writing next?
I can’t share that yet, but you’ll be the first to know when I do.
About DEPOSING NATHAN (Non-Spoilery)
What’s DEPOSING NATHAN about?
The premise in a nutshell: A high school boy is required to give a legal statement about how and why he was stabbed by his best friend.
Where did you get the idea for NATHAN?
I knew for a while that I wanted to write about a complex friendship/ambiguous dynamic between two guys with vastly different viewpoints. There was a lot I wanted to say about bisexuality and religion, so that was my starting point. But I also wanted a high-stakes backdrop, and I’d been toying with the idea of a legal drama in my head for a while. So in January 2016 I started about six months of legal research, and everything “clicked” in May 2016. I wrote the manuscript that summer.
What themes does NATHAN tackle?
In no particular order:
- Religion, Christianity, & the Catholic Church
- The explosive collision of all of the above
What are the chances of a sequel to NATHAN?
Seriously. I’m flattered people are asking this (and frankly a little surprised, given how–conclusive–the ending is). But yeah, no amount of demand nor money would ever convince me to write a sequel. The story deserves to stand on its own.
What about a film adaption?
Now we’re talking! I would adore seeing NATHAN adapted into a film (or, more likely, a miniseries).
Well you’re in luck–I’m a wealthy Hollywood executive who wants nothing more than to get my hands on the film/TV rights.
If the above statement describes you, by all means reach out to my agency immediately.
About DEPOSING NATHAN (Spoilery!)
How does it end?
The book isn’t even out yet, you damn heathen.