I’ve always believed there's more to the story than we know, and I read and write to explore possibilities.
I attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and still live in the Pacific Northwest where I enjoy hiking in the mountains, playing ultimate Frisbee, and being a member of the Olympia Writers Group. I'm a night owl who is most comfortable in the company of cats, fire, strong coffee, dark chocolate, and interesting weather.
What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?
Belief's Horizon: Book One of the Lightfeeder Menace and yes, it is.
Editor's Note: It's got a beautiful cover, too!
Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?
Our hero, Happen Fell, is coming of age on his home planet, Grith, where every river deep enough has its naiad, and every sea worth its salt has its dragon. As he learns more about the world than he ever imagined was possible, the mysterious and magical world of Grith comes together before your mind's eye like an epic jigsaw puzzle. Most of the beta readers said I had "lovely imagery." I'm not entirely sure what they meant by that, but didn't think it polite to ask.
You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?
I believe a book can be interesting without constant violent peril. There are other kinds of conflict that can be mixed in for variety. It's harder to make less physical conflicts interesting, but I have tried, and I believe it gives the violent parts of my book more moxie. Also, my main character is neither orphaned nor chosen nor clever at thieving. The "dark lord" of the series conflict has a seriously extreme lack of fangs. The old wizard mentor has neither beard nor hat, and her familiar would just as soon go home. But there is plenty of stew, though. I didn't want to stand out too, too much.
WHERE DID YOU HIDE THE MONEY!??!?!
Follow these instructions carefully, and you'll find the money... if you survive that long. First, open your sock drawer. You have to remove all of the socks to reveal the trap door. Through the door, take a left, then two rights, then another left. Enter the hallway, but stay close to the south wall to avoid hidden spikes. At the end you will find the underground vault with the money, but it's guarded by an army of rabid, though unladen, swallows, waiting and drooling on their bitter, piercing talons.
Editor's Note: We are sorry to announce a number of our contributors failed to follow the instructions to the letter and found their death in their valiant attempt to reclaim Petros's lunch money.
Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?
I believe there are readers, perhaps not many, but some, who will enjoy and possibly even benefit from my book. This is one way to try and find them. Also, there's a chance I'll get some helpful criticism.
Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?
Yes, book two of the Lightfeeder Menace Series (3 or 4 books) is under construction, please pardon the mess.
Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?
I learned so much about life and the world as a young person from reading good books, and so I believe that it's as important as being a schoolteacher. So many traditional publishing houses focus on chasing trends instead of quality, and so many indie publishers focus on quantity. So three cheers for those who strive to write good books, even if they aren't Hollywood money makers.
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
What a preposterous question! The sheer volume of variables... Is this swallow at the peak of physical maturity, or still developing it's dorsal guiding feathers? Is she in a hurry, or just larking about? Is the flight in question over ocean, or over the capitol of Assyria? What is the swallow's favorite color? The crucial data you need, however, is easy: Faster than you can run.
Editor's Note: Thanks for joining us today, and good luck in the competition -- and might I add, this is (so far, at least) the most original author photo we've gotten. Dearly appreciated.