How old are you, anyway?
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, 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.
About DEPOSING NATHAN (Non-Spoilery)
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?
What about a film adaption?
Now we’re talking! I would adore seeing NATHAN adapted into a film (or, more likely, a miniseries).