Where are you from?
I live in Melbourne, Australia.
When did you start writing?
Years ago I did a Bachelor of Arts majoring in creative writing and media, but I didn't do anything with it after graduating. I started writing again seriously in 2010.
Can you tell us something about yourself that we can't find anywhere else?
I have a third nipple. It's quite small, and actually looks like a birthmark (most people I've shown it too have said that's what it is). But it's an actual nipple.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I do most of my writing on the computer at home, but I don't have a problem writing somewhere else. I know some writers get very particular about this, and claim they can only write in one particular room, and it has to be on an old typewriter and so on, but I've never had that problem.
What do you like to do when your not writing?
My other main hobby is coding online games. I spent several years writing an online game called Age of Fable (www.ageoffable.net). I don't have any plans to do more on it, but it's still online, and you can play it for free. I'm currently working on an online 'card' game, like Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon. I've also done a few smaller projects. For example I did an online version of the computer game Oregon Trail.
Which story or poem was your favorite?
Probably 'The God of the Poor'.
Is there any type of music you like to listen to while you write ?
No, I find music distracting when I'm trying to write.
What was your inspiration for all your stories and poems?
Some ideas just pop into my head, without me knowing where the idea comes from. Other ideas come from experiences in my life. For example a while ago I found three injured birds in the space of a few weeks. I took all of them to the local vet. As I was carrying one of them, I thought that the woman at reception might wonder where I was finding all these injured birds, and that was the inspiration for my story 'Lost, Feral or Stray'.
I've written a lot about cats, based on having been a cat owner. But I'm a lot more cynical about them than some cat-lovers. One reviewer said he couldn't work out whether I loved cats or hated them.
Of course other fiction is a big inspiration. In some cases it's obvious. I've done poems directly based on stories by HP Lovecraft and other writers for example. In other cases it's more subtle: for example the city of Teleleli or Telelee is partly based on Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar, partly on Terry Pratchett's Ankh-Morpork, and partly on Port Blacksand in the Fighting Fantasy series. the dialogue in Lord of the Rings had a big influence on how my characters talk.
Which story or poem can you relate to the most?
'The Perfect Woman'.
Are you planning to write any other book?
The main thing I'm working on right now is a poem set in the old West, called 'Confession of a Bounty Hunter'.
I've been encouraged to write a novel set in the fantasy city of Telelee, which is the setting of a few of the stories in 'The New Death and others'. I have a lot of background for this world, because I blog every day (http://www.apolitical.info/teleleli) and most of it is setting detail. I also have a half-finished novel called 'All-American Detectives', which is a combination of a detective story and a story about superheroes, which I'll probably come back to in the future.
Is there anything else you would like us to know??
At night I fight crime as Poetic Justice. During the day I make my living from acting, using my stage-name 'Brad Pitt'.
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