1. Tell us about your most recent project (written or published). What inspired it?
My most recent published pieces as a short story in FANG. Exploring themes of betrayal and especially betrayal of friends or loved ones, the action piece followed an agent for a covert intelligence agency that gets tricked into romance and betrayed by the secret object of his affections. I was really thrilled to explore some of the aspects of betrayal in love. While in a limited scope because of the length limits and requirements of the piece, I was most excited about digging in the surface of the concept of love by trickery and if it really can ever be a one-sided exercise.
2. What’s your writing process like? Are you a “pantser,” an outliner, or something in between?
I am definitely more of a pantser when I write. While I like to have an idea in my head when it comes to the direction the story will go, I often enjoy the organic joy of discovering the twists and turns with my characters. I feel this adds a sense of life and energy to the story that the characters are taking the reader on as well.
3. What’s your favorite kind of story to write?
I enjoy writing urban paranormal/fantasy, romance and science fiction. Often i find the most compelling stories include a mix of these genres. As for the types of stories, I like stories with a dark side, betrayal, loss and elements of hopelessness go a long way to craft a story that the characters can overcome… or fall to, depending on the overall mood of the tale.
4. Which character from your work do you most identify with, and why?
While there is not a specific character in my work that I relate to whole cloth, I tend to relate more to the characters that express a strong sense of self and often find themselves the underdog of my stories. I find that characters that start the story strong have the furthest to fall and the most compelling build back up again which I enjoy.
5. Which authors or books have most influenced your work?
I take influence from a lot of authors both furry and non. In the mainstream, Orson Scott Card, Jim Butcher, David Eddings, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alan Dean Foster and Anne McCaffrey are my tops! Within the fandom I often find inspiration in the writings of Kyell Gold, Kevin Frane and Ryan Campbell.
6. What’s the last book you read that you really loved?
A book by Alan Dean Foster called Quozl about a lapine-like race of aliens that come to earth on a generation ship to colonize it only to find that humans are already there! The story is compelling, following a few generations of the colonists and looking into their unique culture shaped by their ultra-violent past. A very interesting read!
7. Besides writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Truth be told, I’m a geek. Most of my free time is taken up with tabletop board games and RPGs, Live Action Role Playing (and the crafting and costume work that goes with it), computer games, movies and socializing with friends!
8. Advice for other writers?
So cliche, but write! In the end it doesn’t matter what, but write often and keep everything you write, even if you hide it in a shoe box and pull it out to marvel at your improvement, just do it! Computer, pen and paper, anything, just write!
9. Where can readers find your work?
I post stories on SoFurry under Sorinkat, or you can check out some of my published works in the RainFurrest charity anthologies, FANG 7 and a few scattered convention books.
10. What’s your favorite thing about the furry fandom?
I love the general sense of acceptance that the fandom has. It’s so refreshing to be part of a group of people that are willing to let people be who they are and are generally friendly about it!
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