1. Tell us about your most recent project (written or published). What inspired it?
My most recent publication was the pair of poems featured in the anthology Will of the Alpha. They were sort of an on-the-fly kind of pair but I think they came out nicely.
Current projects include a piece that I am going to submit for Heat that I’m hopeful about. I’ve had it proofread by a friend who adored the piece. Inspiration for that actually came from a role-playing game of all places but definitely took on a mind of its own after I began.
I’ve also got a set of novels I’m brainstorming about right now. One of them I’ve started and restarted probably seventeen times now. I just start getting into it and then hating all of it. Hopefully that will rectify itself soon though.
The theme behind it is acceptance. It’s going to have a lot of self-doubt for the main character to work through and the environment itself will help set the stage for key events in the plotline. Without giving too much away now I will say it’s about a woman named Rachel, otter, and her relationship with a mysterious woman whose name I haven’t nailed down yet. She’s a possum. The working title for the project is “Storm Warning” so take that how you will.
2. What’s your writing process like? Are you a “pantser,” an outliner, or something in between?
A lot of getting frustrated and starting over. Random fits of creativity where I actually produce something halfway decent and planning that just sits around until I remember it exists.
3. What’s your favorite kind of story to write?
Poetry, by far, is one of my favorite things to write. I love dark romance as well. Something about tapping into the darker aspects of human nature that people deny themselves is just exciting. Looking into the primal, the brutal, the things that make you really empathize with the main character.
Not to be all doom and gloom I do quite enjoy writing lighthearted pieces. While not my best written piece my favourite tale to date is “Fitting Roles.” It’s silly but nice.
4. Which character from your work do you most identify with, and why?
5. Which authors or books have most influenced your work?
Watership Down was a big one for me. The way Richard Adams conveyed the supernatural aspect while maintaining this world where you genuinely want the main characters to survive was fantastic. I have looked at books like Silverwing as well. Oh, and the novel Blood and Chocolate is one of my favourite sources when dealing with the idea of shapeshifters.
6. What’s the last book you read that you really loved?
7. Besides writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I help run a werewolf game with friends and do other LARP games as well! It’s a great creative exercise.
8. Advice for other writers?
Keep writing. Write anything; even if you think it sucks. The more you write the better you get. You will write hundreds and hundreds of lackluster pieces before finally getting to the point where you start getting really good. Just keep working on it.
9. Where can readers find your work?
The easiest place is on FurAffinity under the username Lapso.
10. What’s your favorite thing about the furry fandom?
The diversity and ability to be whoever and whatever you want.
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